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Disloyalty and Destruction: Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy and the Modern World
Barrett, Rob

New York: T&T Clark, 2009 pp. xv + 280. $130.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 511


Description: This book is a heuristic reading strategy for a modern reader to engage with YHWH's threats against Israel in "Deuteronomy". First, the biblical text is considered through close reading to discern the logic of YHWH's threats: what motivates the threats, what form the threats take, and what effect the threats expect to produce. This goal is accomplished in three steps. First, the biblical text is considered through close reading to discern the logic of YHWH's threats: what motivates the threats, what form the threats take, and what effect the threats expect to produce. Second, a modern analogy is sought that most helpfully matches the structure and logic observed in the biblical text. A number of common modern analogies for the divine-human relationship (e.g., parent-child, master-slave, husband-wife) are deemed unhelpful because they cannot support the features of the biblical pattern. However, the threats of the modern state against those who threaten it are found to bear significant resemblance. Finally, this analogy is developed for each of several significant passages of "Deuteronomy".

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, Literature

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Review by Jerry Hwang
Published 1/13/2011
Citation: Jerry Hwang, review of Rob Barrett, Disloyalty and Destruction: Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy and the Modern World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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