The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred: Liberation from the Myth of Sanctioned Violence

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This book represents the first comprehensive application to the whole Bible of René Girard's theories on violence, civilization, and religion.

Girard's theories on violence, civilization, and religion have intrigued and confounded scholars in the humanities for almost two decades. In this book, Williams has provided the first comprehensive application of Girard's thought to the whole Bible. What emerges from all of this is a ...

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Overview

This book represents the first comprehensive application to the whole Bible of René Girard's theories on violence, civilization, and religion.

Girard's theories on violence, civilization, and religion have intrigued and confounded scholars in the humanities for almost two decades. In this book, Williams has provided the first comprehensive application of Girard's thought to the whole Bible. What emerges from all of this is a proposal for a biblical theology of the nonviolent God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556356360
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,444,490
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Williams, now retired, taught Hebrew Bible and New Testament at Syracuse University and is the author of Gospel Against Parable: Mark's Language of Mystery and Women Recounted: Narrative Thinking and the God of Israel.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Rene Girard     v
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Note on Translations and Transcriptions     xvi
Rene Girard: A New Approach to Biblical Texts     1
Enemy Brothers     33
Excursus: Folkloristic Approaches to the Bible     68
Moses and the Exodus     71
Excursus: The Great Man Myth: Freud, Heidegger, Mann, and Fascism     98
Covenant and Sacrifice     105
Kings and Prophets: Sacred Lot and Divine Calling     129
Job Versus the "Friends": The Failed Scapegoat     163
The Gospels and the Innocent Victim     185
Desire, Violence, and the Truth of the Victim     213
Conclusion: "A Citty upon a Hill"     241
Notes     259
Index     281
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