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

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One of the critical issues in inter-religious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Fighting Words makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of ...

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Overview

One of the critical issues in inter-religious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Fighting Words makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion. An
Introduction provides background on the major scriptures of seven religious traditions. Eight main chapters then explore aspects of the interpretation of selected facets of scripture in seven traditions: Jewish, Christian (including chapters on Old as well as New Testaments), Islamic, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Hindu and Sikh. Focus is on sacred texts so often claimed, both historically and more recently, as inspiration for and justification of every kind of violence from individual assassination to mass murder. A balanced approach to this complex topic also means that this is not merely a book about the religious sanctioning of violence, but about diverse ways of reading sacred textual sources.

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Editorial Reviews

Ancient Traditions, New Conversations - Alexandria Frisch

"A good introduction to both world religions and scriptural interpretation."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520274198
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. He is the author of many books, most recently, Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, (UC Press).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Exegesis and Violence: Texts, Contexts, and Hermeneutical Concerns John Renard
2. A Brief History of War in the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish
Interpretive Tradition Reuven Firestone
3. Annihilate Amalek: Christian Perspectives on 1 Samuel 15
Bernhard A. Asen
4. Violence in the New Testament and the History of
Interpretation Leo D. Lefebure
5. Finh s of Medina: Islam, "The Jews," and the Construction of Religious Militancy Michael A. Sells
6. The Baha'i Tradition: The Return of Joseph and the Peaceable Imagination Todd Lawson
7. Justifiable Force and Holy War in Zoroastrianism Jamsheed K. Choksy
8. The Failure of Allegory: Notes on Textual Violence and the Bhagavad Gita Laurie L. Patton
9. Words as Weapons: Theory and Practice of a Righteous War (Dharam Yudh) in Sikh Texts Pashaura Singh Glossary of Names and Technical Terms Contributors
Index

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