Holy War in Ancient Israel

Holy War in Ancient Israel

by Gerhard von Rad
     
 

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Since the beginning, holy war has been viewed as a 'sacred institution' and a 'cultic act of religious community' by the people of Israel. Appearing here in English for the first time, Gerhard von Rad has provided a definitive study of the theory of holy war and its development throughout biblical history. Von Rad gives a definitive and articulate exposition of a

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Since the beginning, holy war has been viewed as a 'sacred institution' and a 'cultic act of religious community' by the people of Israel. Appearing here in English for the first time, Gerhard von Rad has provided a definitive study of the theory of holy war and its development throughout biblical history. Von Rad gives a definitive and articulate exposition of a typically disturbing theme within the Old Testament, arguing that holy war is not only Yahweh acting alone, but inspired Israelites, who because they envisioned God fighting on their behalf, felt obligated and inspired to fight even more fervently.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579103460
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.42(d)

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Meet the Author

Gerhard von Rad was Professor of Theology at Heidelberg University for many years. He has authored several commentaries on various aspects of Old Testament studies. His magnum opus is the two-volume 'Old Testament Theology'.

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