Power and Politics in the Book of Judges Paperback

Men and Women of Valor

by John C. Yoder;


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Power and Politics in the Book of Judges

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Power and Politics in the Book of Judges studies political culture and behavior in premonarchic Israel, focusing on the protagonists in the book of Judges. Although the sixth-century BCE Deuteronomistic editor portrayed them as moral champions and called them "judges," the original bardic storytellers and the men and women of valor themselves were preoccupied with the problem of gaining and maintaining political power. John C. Yoder considers the variety of strategies the men and women of valor used to gain and consolidate their power, including the use of violence, the redistribution of patronage, and the control of the labor and reproductive capacity of subordinates. They relied heavily, however, on other strategies that did not deplete their wealth or require the constant exercise of force: mobilizing and dispensing indigenous knowledge, cultivating a reputation for reliability and honor, and positioning themselves as skillful mediators between the realms of earth and heaven, using their association with YHWH to advance their political, economic, or military agenda.

Power and Politics in the Book of Judges by John C. Yoder was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in April 2015. The ISBN for Power and Politics in the Book of Judges is 9781451496420.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (April 2015)
Weight249g
Number of Pages288
Thickness20 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781451496420
ISBN-101451496427
Product Code4317438
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