The Immoral Bible Paperback

Approaches to Old Testament Ethics

by Eryl Wynn Davies;

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The Immoral Bible

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This title discusses the ethically problematic passages of the Hebrew Bible and the way scholars have addressed aspects of the bible generally regarded as offensive and unacceptable. In this work, Eryl W. Davies sums up a career's worth of in-depth reflection on the thorny issue of biblical ethics examining the bible's, at times problematic, stance upon slavery, polygamy and perhaps its most troublesome aspect, the sanctioning of violence and warfare. This is most pertinent in respect to Joshua 6-11 a text which lauds the 'holy war' of the Israelites, annihilating the native inhabitants of Canaan, and a text which has been used to legitimise the actions of white colonists in North America, the Boers in South Africa and right-wing Zionists in modern Israel. Davies begins with an introductory chapter assessing all these aspects, he then provides five chapters, each devoted to a particular strategy aimed at mitigating the embarrassment caused by the presence of such problematic texts within the canon. In order to focus discussion each strategy is linked by to Joshua 6-11.There is a final chapter that draws the threads of the arguments together and suggests the most promising areas for the future development of the discipline.

The Immoral Bible by Eryl Wynn Davies was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in August 2010 and is our 22734th best seller. The ISBN for The Immoral Bible is 9780567305497.

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Details for The Immoral Bible

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (August 2010)
Number of Pages224
Thickness22 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3196408
Page last updated 1st August 2018
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