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Book Review: holy war in Judaism: the fall and rise of a controversial idea

Hezser, Catherine (2012) Book Review: holy war in Judaism: the fall and rise of a controversial idea. LSE Review of Books (30 Oct 2012). Website.

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Abstract

Holy war, sanctioned or even commanded by God, is a common and recurring theme in the Hebrew Bible. Rabbinic Judaism, however, largely avoided discussion of holy war in the Talmud and related literatures for the simple reason that it became dangerous and self-destructive. Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of ‘holy war’ disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to re-emerge with the rise of Zionism. Catherine Hezser finds the book is written in a clear, explanatory style, which effectively clarifies the intra-religious tension over military action within Israel today.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 15:38
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 00:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/50627

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