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The curse of Cain : the violent legacy of monotheism

Author: Regina M Schwartz
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1997.
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"A murderer, an outcast, a man cursed by God and exiled from his people - Cain, the biblical killer of Abel, is a figure of utter disdain. But that disdain is curiously in evidence well before his brother's death, as God inexplicably refuses Cain's sacrifice while accepting Abel's. Cain kills in a rage of exclusion, yet it is God himself who has set the brothers apart." "For Regina Schwartz, we ignore the dark side  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Regina M Schwartz
ISBN: 0226741990 9780226741994 0226742008 9780226742007
OCLC Number: 35521716
Description: xv, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Intro. Rebuilding Babel --
Murder --
Identity and violence --
Chap 1 Inventing identity : covenants --
Imagining Israel --
Cutting covenants --
The blood of the covenant --
Chap. 2 Owning identity : land --
Possessing land --
Exodus and conquest --
Polluting the land --
Whores in exile --
Chap. 3 Natural identity : kinship --
Exogamy, endogamy, and the foreigner --
Rape and the other --
Incest is the best --
Kinship, race, and property --
God the father and homosexuality --
Chap. 4 Dividing identities : nations --
Nationalism in the discipline --
Nations in the bible --
Defining Israel --
Chap. 5 Inscribing identity : memory --
Remembering the exodus --
The politics of memory --
Forgetting --
Joseph (he adds) --
Typology and totality --
Living memory.
Responsibility: Regina M. Schwartz.
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Regina Schwartz examines the story of Cain and Abel, as she sees it, that is, emblematic of a tragic biblical influence over Western secular notions of identity - notions often violently  Read more...


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