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On the 2006 annual assembly of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Prophetic Texts of their historical Contexts part committed a consultation to the subject "The Aesthetics of Violence." individuals have been invited to discover a number of dimensions of prophetic texts and their violent rhetoric. the consequences have been rich-- enticing dialogue of violent photographs in historic close to jap paintings and in glossy movie, in addition to advancing our knowing of the poetic ability required for invoking terror via phrases. This quantity collects these essays in addition to others in particular commissioned for its construction. As a suite, they deal with questions which are immediately old and distressingly-modern: What do violent photographs do to us? Do they inspire violent habit and/or supply a substitute for genuine violence? How do depictions of violence outline limitations among and inside of groups? What readers can and may readers make of the irritating rhetoric of violent prophets? participants comprise Corrine Carvahlo, Cynthia Chapman, Chris Franke, Bob Haak, Mary turbines, Julia O'Brien, Kathleen O'Connor, Carolyn Sharp, Yvonne Sherwood, and Daniel Smith-Christopher.

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Nwt f. //rym m. ). The word wgdrwt is understood here as a feminine plural participle of the root gdr rather than the more common nominal form. The feminine form was chosen to provide gender balance. 1 HAAK Mapping Violence in the Prophets 19 a possession of thorns and pit of salt and a desolation forever. The remnant of my people will plunder them and the rest of my nation will take possession of them. 2:10 This belongs to them instead of their majesty for they taunted and boasted against the people of YHWH of hosts.

1. In his book, Facing The Abusing God: A Theology of Protest (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991), David Blumenthal maintains that God is abusive in the ways humans are abusive. Walter Brueggemann in Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1997) claims something similar. For him, one stream of the biblical testimony, what he calls “counter testimony,” reveals an abusive, angry God. See also the recent discussions of the problem of divine violence in David A.

11. Robert D. Haak, “Zephaniah’s Oracles Against the Nations” (paper presented at the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Chicago, 1991). 1 HAAK Mapping Violence in the Prophets 23 peoples and the “devastation” of lands. These are dangerous and effective texts. As J. ”12 What we may be able to shape is our own participation in the world created by the texts. 13 There are two primary and related dangers when reading such texts. ) biblical language. When pressed, most of us would admit that our “god” language is metaphor (note, I did not say “only” metaphor).

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