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War, Memory, and National Identity in the Hebrew Bible


By Jacob L. Wright

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Candler School of Theology, and associate faculty member at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Why does war occupy so much space in the Bible? In this book, Jacob Wright offers a fresh and fascinating response to this question: War pervades the Bible not because ancient Israel was governed by religious factors (such as "holy war") or because this people, along with its neighbors in the ancient Near East, was especially bellicose. The reason is rather that the Bible is fundamentally a project of constructing a new national identity for Israel, one that can both transcend deep divisions within the population and withstand military conquest by imperial armies. 

Read the full description at Cambridge University Press. This book was published as part of the TOME initiative. 

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