Sanctified Aggression (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)
Sanctified Aggression allies itself neither with the easy assumption that religions are by definition violent (and that only the secular/humanist/humane can offer a place of refuge from the ravages of religious authority) nor with the equally facile opposing view that...
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Sanctified Aggression allies itself neither with the easy assumption that religions are by definition violent (and that only the secular/humanist/humane can offer a place of refuge from the ravages of religious authority) nor with the equally facile opposing view that religion expresses the 'best' of human aspiration and that this best is always capable of diffusing or sublating the worst. Rather, it works from the premise that biblical, Jewish and Christian vocabularies continue to resonate, inspire and misfire. Some of the essays explore how these vocabularies and symbols have influenced, or resonate with, events such as the massacre of Jews in Jedwabne, Poland (1941), the Rwandan Massacre (1994), the tragedy at Columbine High School (1999) and the emergence of the 'Phineas Priesthood' of white supremacists in North America. Other contributors examine how themes of martyrology, sacrifice and the messianic continue to circulate and mutate in literature, music, drama and film. The collective conclusion is that it is not possible to control biblical and religious violence by simply identifying canonical trouble-spots, then fencing them off with barbed wire or holding peace summits a
Bekkenkamp teaches at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA).
Yvonne Sherwood is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament/Tanakh and Judaism at the University of Glasgow. Her work to date includes "The Prostitute and the Prophet," "A Biblical Text and Its Afterlives," various articles for "Biblical Interpretation," the "Journal for the Study of the Old Testament" and the "Journal of the American Academy of Religion," and the companion volume to the AAR conference, "Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments," co-edited with Kevin Hart. She currently chairs the Reading, Theory and the Bible section at the Society of Biblical Literature and co-directs the University o
- List Of Figures; List Of Contributors; Series Editor's Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Chapter 1; Klaas Spronk: The Daughter Of Jephthah: Changing Views On God, Man, And Violence In Plays And Oratorios Since George Buchanan; Chapter 2; Yvonne M. Sherwood: Textual Carcasses And Isaac's Scar, Or What Jewish Interpretation Makes Of The Violence That Almost Takes Place On Mount Moriah; Chapter 3; Hugh S. Pyper: Fleshing Out The Text; Chapter 4; Malachie Munyaneza: Genocide In The Name Of 'saivation': The Combined Contribution Of Biblical Translation/interpretation And Indigenous Myth To The 1994 Rwandan Genocide; Chapter 5; Athalya Brenner: "on The Rivers Of Babylon" (psalm 137), Or Between Victim And Perpetrator; Chapter 6; Alastair G Hunter: (de)nominating Amalek: Racist Stereotyping In The Bible And The Justification Of Discrimination; Chapter 7; Tod Linafelt: Purity And Danger At The End Of The World: Priestly And Prophetic Paradigms In Contemporary Apocalyptic Visions Timothy K. Beal: The White Supremacist Bible And The Phineas Priesthood; Chapter 9; David Jasper: Jesus The Actor: Edwin Morgan's A.d. A Trilogy On The Life Of Jesus (2000); Chapter 10; Jeremy Punt: Messianic Victims Or Victimised Messiah? Biblical Allusion And Violence In The Matrix. Chapter 11; Leigh Gibson: The Making Of Modern Martyrs: The Martyrs Of Columbine; Chapter 12; Todd Penner And Caroline Vander Stichele: The Tyranny Of The Martyr; Violence And Victimization In Martyrdom Discourse And The Movies Of Lars Von Trier; Chapter 13; Jan Willem Van Henten: Internet Martyrs And Violence: Victims And/or Perpetrators? Chapter 14; Jonneke Bekkenkamp: Violence And Final Vocabularies. On Mapping Actual Hopes And Beliefs; Bibliography; Indexes