Fighting Words Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

ISBN-10: 0520274199
ISBN-13: 9780520274198
Edition: 2012
Authors: John Renard
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

One of the critical issues in inter-religious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated.Fighting Wordsmakes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion. An Introduction provides background on the major scriptures of seven religious traditions. Eight main chapters then explore aspects of the interpretation of selected facets of scripture in seven traditions: Jewish, Christian (including chapters on Old as well as New Testaments), Islamic, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Hindu and Sikh. Focus is on sacred texts so often claimed, both historically and more recently, as inspiration for and justification of every kind of violence from individual assassination to mass murder. A balanced approach to this complex topic also means that this is not merely a book about the religious sanctioning of violence, but about diverse ways of reading sacred textual sources.

John Renard, who has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Harvard University, is Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University.

Preface
Exegesis and Violence: Texts, Contexts, and Hermeneutical Concerns
A Brief History of War in the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish Interpretive Tradition
Annihilate Amalek: Christian Perspectives on 1 Samuel 15
Violence in the New Testament and the History of Interpretation
Finh s of Medina: Islam, "The Jews," and the Construction of Religious Militancy
The Baha'i Tradition: The Return of Joseph and the Peaceable Imagination
Justifiable Force and Holy War in Zoroastrianism
The Failure of Allegory: Notes on Textual Violence and the Bhagavad Gita
Words as Weapons: Theory and Practice of a Righteous War (Dharam Yudh) in Sikh Texts
Glossary of Names and Technical Terms
Contributors
Index

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