This book is a heuristic reading strategy for a modern reader to engage with YHWH's threats against Israel in Deuteronomy. First, the biblical text is considered through close reading to discern the logic of YHWH's threats: what motivates the threats, what form the threats take, and what effect the threats expect to produce.
About the Author
Rob Barrett is a post-doctoral research fellow at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany and visiting lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Westminster Theological Centre, London, UK.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. YHWH's Violence: The Problem and Approaches
Summary of Argument and Contribution
Chapter 2. Introductory Considerations
Religion and Politics in the Modern World
Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy
Other Gods, Divine Anger, and Destruction
Chapter 3. The Basic Threat: Idolatry and Destruction
Introduction: The Alien Category of Idolatry
Deuteronomy 9-10: The Golden Calf
The Golden Calf Incident as National Myth
Idolatry and Treason
Chapter 4. Destruction and Restoration as Coercion
Deuteronomy 4: Loyalty to YHWH
Deuteronomy 32: A Song of Disloyalty
Freedom and Coercion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds
Chapter 5. Rebellion: The Individual and the Nation
Deuteronomy 13: Incitement to Idolatry
The Anger of YHWH: National and Individual
Modern Response to Rebellion on Different Scales
Chapter 6. The Horrors of Destruction
Deuteronomy 28: The Covenant Curses
Historical and Canonical Considerations
Understanding the Curses
Modern Curses in Warfare
Chapter 7. The Politics of YHWH and "Other Gods"
Kings and Gods in Israel's Surrounding Cultures
Deuteronomy 17: The Politics of YHWH
The Politics of "Other Gods"
What are YHWH's People to Do?
The Modern Nation-State and the "Other Gods"
Chapter 8. Conclusions