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Unimaginable: A Short Digression

Aviad Kleinberg

in The Sensual God: How the Senses Make the Almighty Senseless

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231174701
eISBN:
9780231540247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174701.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

A short ethical discussion of the benefits of slaying in the name of God.


Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham

Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199576739
eISBN:
9780191595165
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Numerous critics of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have argued that God, especially in the Hebrew Bible, is often portrayed as morally vicious. For example, historical narratives in these texts ... More


The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek

Eleonore Stump

in Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199576739
eISBN:
9780191595165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter discusses the problem of evil as it is raised by the story in the Hebrew Bible in which God commands Israelites to slaughter the Amalekites and possible defenses or theodicies as regards ... More


The Bible

Robert Eisen

in The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751471
eISBN:
9780199894833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751471.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the foundational text of Judaism. The first reading argues that the Bible promotes violence. The key problem is God’s covenant with the Israelites that implies that the ... More


Rabbinic Judaism

Robert Eisen

in The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751471
eISBN:
9780199894833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751471.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first reading of rabbinic Judaism argues that rabbinic texts promote peace. In the wake of failed rebellions against Rome, the rabbis rejected violence. They claimed that these events came about ... More


Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Robert Eisen

in The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751471
eISBN:
9780199894833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751471.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores medieval Jewish philosophy by focusing primarily on Maimonides. Maimonides implicitly develops a peaceful reading of Judaism by accentuating a universalism predicated on the ... More


Who Is the Enemy?

Reuven Firestone

in Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860302
eISBN:
9780199950621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860302.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The mortal enemies of Israel become schematized in Rabbinic Judaism into two paradigmatic entities: the seven Canaanite nations and the Amalekites, both of which disappeared from history. The ... More


Proscribing Amalekites: Violence, Remembering, and Forgetting in Early America

John Corrigan

in Religious Intolerance, America, and the World: A History of Forgetting and Remembering

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226313931
eISBN:
9780226314099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226314099.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Americans, invested for centuries in their forgetting of trauma involving Indians, Catholics, Mormons, and others, remain aware that they are keeping a secret. American culture has coalesced so as to ... More


Two Civil War Sermons

David Einhorn

in Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800 - 2001

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764401
eISBN:
9781800340848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764401.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses two sermons by David Einhorn. The first sermon was delivered on Thanksgiving Day 1863. Central to the subject of Einhorn's sermon is the theme of divine providence. The ... More


New Israel, New Amalek: Biblical Exhortations to Religious Violence

John Corrigan

in From Jeremiad to Jihad: "Religion, Violence, and America"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520271654
eISBN:
9780520951532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271654.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter asserts that the United States' authorization of brutality against religious and political enemies has been rooted in scriptural hermeneutics. The Anglophone writings relevant to that ... More


Annihilate Amalek!: Christian Perspectives on 1 Samuel 15

Bernhard A. Asen

in Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520258310
eISBN:
9780520954083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520258310.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter explores Christian interpretations of an important Old Testament “text of terror” that mandates uncompromising violence against a perennial nemesis of Israel. The author, Bernhard Asen, ... More


Creator of Evils

M. David Litwa

in The Evil Creator: Origins of an Early Christian Idea

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780197566428
eISBN:
9780197566459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197566428.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter studies Marcion(ite) interpretations of Jewish scripture to derive the evil creator idea. Of chief importance was Isaiah 45:7, where the creator confessed to making “evils.” Moreover, ... More


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