Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Kelle, Brad E. and Frank Ritchel Ames, editors
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008 pp. xii + 265. $34.95
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Description: War is not only waged on the battlefield, but is written and read in contexts that influence meaning and reception. The essays in this collection examine how ancient Israelites wrote about war and how war-related texts in the Hebrew Bible have been read in ancient and modern contexts. They explore writing and reading war in contexts ranging from ancient Israel to early Judaism to contemporary Christianity. The contributors—both established and newer voices—apply a variety of historical, literary, and comparative methods to biblical texts and present new perspectives on the rhetoric, gender, and ethics of war. A foreword by Susan Niditch and introduction by Victor H. Matthews offer a literature review of recent major works in this field and orient readers to past research and future directions for the study of the discourse and realities of war.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Theological Approaches, Ethics
Review by Pierre Johan Jordaan
Citation: Pierre Johan Jordaan, review of Brad E. Kelle and Frank Ritchel Ames, eds., Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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