Scripture and Violence

Philip and the Qur'anSummary of the volumeTopics covered in this introductory essayWhat is "violence"?Does it make sense to talk about "religious violence"?What do the Bible and Qur'an have to do with violence?What role do passages from the Bible and the Qur'an play in motivating or justifying violence?What is involved in interpreting and applying scriptural texts today?How do religious communities actually engage with texts?Why do people think, say, or imply that those who consider certain scriptures "sacred" might be more inclined to violence - or less inclined to violence - than others?Other contributions to the volumeNotesWorks citedReading and debating the Qur’an with ISISIntervieweesInitial jihadi impulses and the Qur'anOpenness to a different reading of the Qur'anDesire to shape historyConclusionWorks cited“And God said”: do biblical commands to conquer land make people more violent, or less?Violent applications of the biblical conquest story in historyAlternative understandings of divine conquest commandsDivine and human authorization for violence in the Hebrew BibleTo fight or not to fight?The need for direct divine consultationWarfare and the "spirit of the Lord"Possible applications of these scriptural dynamicsClassical rabbinic approachesImplications for contemporary assumptions concerning scripture and violenceConclusionNotesWorks citedInvoking the Qur’an in a Muslim debate over suicide attacksModern discourse: suicide attacks or martyrdom operations?Modern constructions of "suicide" attacks as martyrdomModern constructions of "suicide" attacks as suicideConclusionNotesWorks citedTexts and violence in modern Israel: interpreting PinchasThe poster: "and the plague was stopped"Talmudic context: "and Pinchas prayed"Pinchas in the Babylonian TalmudPinchas in the Palestinian TalmudPinchas in the Taimuds: miracles, prayer, and protestThe letter: unformed and voidConclusionNotesWorks citedWhy saying “only some Muslims are violent” is no better than saying “all Muslims are violent”Hunter's fanaticsSir Syed's loyal MuslimsRe-reading claims about scripture and violenceNotesWorks citedLeft behind? The New Testament and American evangelical Christian support for warThe book of Revelation predicts nuclear warfareLeft Behind and rapture theologyAmerican politics and the book of RevelationConcluding reflectionsNotesWorks cited“There never was and never will be”: violence and interpretive erasure in the Jewish traditionA text of violenceIs violence always a part of redemption?The text in questionRabbinic erasure of a violent textBurning the texts of JewsThe theology of erasure: a whole offering for the sake of GodConclusionNotesWorks citedReading scripture reverentially but not univocally: why words in themselves are not dangerousOutline of the argumentReading scripture canonically and responsivelyScripture and violence: concluding reflectionsNotesWorks citedWrestling with scripture and avoiding violence in the university classroomFragile identities and pedagogical concernsTwo one-sided approaches to scripturesClosed-off religious readingsClosed-off historical-critical readingsToward a differential and dialogical hermeneuticsWhere do you read from?Introducing different reading strategiesOrganizing Scriptural Reasoning activitiesConclusionNotesWorks cited
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