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Holy war in Judaism : the fall and rise of a controversial idea

Author: Reuven Firestone
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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The transformations brought about by modernity required Jews to re-examine the traditional rabbinic prohibition against war in the light of the times. Within a hundred years the traditional safeguards were effectively removed for the majority of religious Jews that continued to take Jewish traditional exegesis seriously. This full process, from removing holy war from possibility to reviving holy war as a paradigm  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Firestone, Reuven, 1952-
Holy war in Judaism.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011037959
(OCoLC)754186802
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Reuven Firestone
ISBN: 9780199860319 0199860319 1283577046 9781283577045
OCLC Number: 808366429
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 365 pages)
Contents: pt. I. The ancient Jewish world: holy war in practice --
Holy war in the Bible --
Jewish holy war in practice: early success --
Holy war fails --
pt. II. The world of the rabbis: holy war interrupted --
Rabbinic responses to war's failure --
Rabbinic typology of war --
Who is the enemy? --
Maimonides' counting of the commandments --
Nahmanides' critique, and other thinkers --
pt. III. The emergence of Jewish modernity: holy war on hold --
The crisis of modernity and Jewish responses --
From practicality to a new messianism --
The new Jew --
From Holocaust to holy war: Israel's war of independence --
pt. IV. The Jewish State: holy war revived --
1948 to 1967: from defensive war to preemptive war --
1967 to 1973:the miracle of conquest and the test of Yom Kippur --
The 1980s: holy war and its excesses --
Conclusion: the resurrection of holy war.
Responsibility: Reuven Firestone.

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Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of ''holy war'' disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to reemerge with renewed vigor in modern times.  Read more...

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Firestone's book delivers a rich, neutral account of the historical texts and intellectual debates within Judaism. * S Parvez Manzoor, The Muslim WOrld Book Review * In Firestones hands, holy war in Read more...

 
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