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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, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reuven Firestone
ISBN: 9780199860302 0199860300
OCLC Number: 869386708
Description: xiii, 365 pages ; 25 cm
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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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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