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

Author: Rob Barrett
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010.
Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies.
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The goal of the work is a heuristic reading strategy for a modern reader to engage with YHWH''s threats against Israel in Deuteronomy. This goal is accomplished in three steps. 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. Second, a modern analogy is sought  Read more...
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Barrett, Rob.
Disloyalty and Destruction : Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy and the Modern World.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Barrett
ISBN: 9780567554871 0567554872 1336212950 9781336212954
OCLC Number: 893331686
Language Note: English.
Notes: 6.2.3. Fulfillment of the Covenant Curses in the Old Testament Canon.
Description: 1 online resource (297 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter 1 YHWH''S VIOLENCE: THE PROBLEM AND APPROACHES; 1.1. Interpretive Approaches; 1.1.1. Selective Reading: Out with the Bad; 1.1.2. Description without Engagement; 1.1.3. Engagement without Sympathy; 1.2. My Scope; 1.3. My Approach; 1.3.1. Engagement, Sympathy, and Selectivity; 1.3.2. Canon and History; 1.3.3. Who is this ""Modem Reader""?; 1.3.4. The Need for Modem Connections; 1.4. Summary of Argument; Chapter 2 INTRODUCTORY CONSIDERATIONS; 2.1. Religion and Politics in the Modem World. 2.1.1. The Modern Nation-State and the Subordination of ""Religion""2.1.2. Modem ""Religion"": Durkheim''s Functional Theory of Religion; 2.1.3. The Religion and Globalization of Liberal Democratic Capitalism; 2.2. Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy; 2.2.1. Deuteronomy and Ancient Near Eastern Treaties; 2.2.2. Deuteronomy as a Nation-State Document; 2.2.3. Deuteronomy''s Israel and the Modern Nation-State; 2.3. Other Gods, Divine Anger, and Destruction; 2.3.1. Primacy of the First Commandment in Deuteronomy; 2.3.2. Other Gods, Anger, and Destruction. Chapter 3 THE BASIC THREAT: IDOLATRY AND DESTRUCTION3.1. Introduction: The Alien Category of Idolatry; 3.2. Deuteronomy 9-10: The Golden Calf; 3.2.1. Context, Bounds, Unity, and Structure; 3.2.2. Exegesis; 3.2.3. Summary; 3.3. The Golden Calf Incident as National Myth; 3.4. Idolatry and Treason; 3.4.1. Modern Analogy for Golden Calf Offense; 3.4.2. Treason and the Social Contract Theorists; 3.4.3. American Examples of Responses to Treason; 3.4.4. YHWH''S Response to Treason; Chapter 4 DESTRUCTION AND RESTORATION AS COERCION; 4.1. Deuteronomy 4: Loyalty to YHWH. 4.1.1. Bounds, Unity, Structure, and Context4.1.2. Exegesis; 4.2. Deuteronomy 32: A Song of Disloyalty; 4.2.1. Genre and Bounds; 4.2.2. Purpose; 4.2.3. Context; 4.2.4. Exegesis; 4.2.5. Summary and Comparison with Deuteronomy 4; 4.3. Freedom and Coercion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds; 4.3.1. YHWH''S Coercion of Israel; 4.3.2. Modern Ideas of Liberty: Positive and Negative; 4.3.3. Imposing Freedom on the World; 4.4. Conclusion; Chapter 5 REBELLION: TRAITORS IN YOUR MIDST; 5.1. Introduction; 5.2. Deuteronomy 13: Incitement to Idolatry; 5.2.1. Context, Structure, Unity, and Bounds. 5.2.2. Exegesis5.3. The Anger of YHWH: National and Individual; 5.4. Modern Responses to Rebellion; 5.4.1. Dangerous Insiders; 5.4.2. Escalation to Military Action; 5.5. Conclusion; Chapter 6 THE HORRORS OF DESTRUCTION; 6.1. Deuteronomy 28: The Covenant Curses; 6.1.1. Context, Genre, Bounds, Unity, and Structure; 6.1.2. Exegesis: Blessings and Promises (28:1-14); 6.1.3. Exegesis: Curses and Threats (28:15-68); 6.2. Historical and Canonical Considerations; 6.2.1. The Function of Treaty Curse Lists; 6.2.2. Ancient Near Eastern Siege Warfare.
Series Title: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies.

Abstract:

The goal of the work is a heuristic reading strategy for a modern reader to engage with YHWH''s threats against Israel in Deuteronomy. This goal is accomplished in three steps. 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. Second, a modern analogy is sought that most helpfully matches the structure and logic observed in the biblical text. A number of common modern analogies for the divine-human relationship (e.g., parent-child, master-sl.

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