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Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts
Lemos, T. M.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 pp. xiv + 225. $80.00

Description: Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts is the first book-length work on personhood in ancient Israel. T. M. Lemos reveals widespread intersections between violence and personhood in both this society and the wider region. Relations of domination and subordination were incredibly important to the culture and social organization of ancient Israel, with these relations often determining the boundaries of personhood itself. Personhood was malleable--it could be and was violently erased in many social contexts. This study exposes a violence-personhood-masculinity nexus in which domination allowed those in control to animalize and brutalize the bodies of subordinates. Lemos also argues that in particular social contexts in the contemporary "western" world, this same nexus operates, holding devastating consequences for marginalized social groups.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Other Methods

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Review by Anthony Rees
Published 1/17/2019
Citation: Anthony Rees, review of T. M. Lemos, Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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