Disloyalty and Destruction: Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy and the Modern World

Disloyalty and Destruction: Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy and the Modern World


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567614148
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies , #511
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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
Interpretive Approaches
My Scope
My Approach
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


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