Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea
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Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

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Holy war, sanctioned or even commanded by God, is a common and recurring theme in the Hebrew Bible. Rabbinic Judaism, however, largely avoided discussion of holy war in the Talmud and related literatures for the simple reason that it became dangerous and self-destructive. Reuven Firestone's Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of ''holy war'' d...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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A.J. Deus
A Masterpiece – in Progaganda

Given the ominous title of the book, I anticipated a truly illuminating read. Instead, a few pages into the introduction of the book, I felt like a betrayed target of an agenda. The book is well researched with a broad range of contemporary and historical sources that are unidimensionally assessed. Does Firestone, himself a Rabbi, not know that the Rabbinic sources had been repeatedly redacted after the facts in support of the very agenda that he advocates – Judaic q...more
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