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Free read Ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Jacob L. Wright

Free read Ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Jacob L. Wright The Hebrew Bible is permeated with depictions of military conflicts that have profoundly shaped the way many think about war Why does war occupy so much space in the Bible In this book Jacob Wright offers a fresh and fascinating response to this uestion War pervades the Bible not because ancient Israel was governed by religious factors such. Continuing the argument he put forth in his previous book that creation of Hebrew Bible was a peoplehood and nation making project this time Jacob L Wright turns his attention to the politic of peoplehood He first draws on various narrations in bible to determine what is so called The Promised land Then he bring us to war narrations in the Book of Numbers which showed the struggle between the Cis Trans jordanians during the conuest of Canaan How they as a people were obliged to fight and defend each other as kins The narration in the Book of Joshua tell of subseuent conuest of Canaan It demonstrated how Rahab the prostitute an outsider been accepted into the Israelites community through her deeds just as Ruth did And at last in the book of Judges war memory brought up by Song of Deborah it not only construct a new national identity but it also celebrated the contribution of women in its process key takeaways or parts that I like about this book1 I like his comparison of 3 early Christian church writings on the story of Rahab and how Jewish and Christian tradition differ from each other 2 Law reuires a story; nomos needs narrative People's shared past and collective memories are essence of nation building If the law is embedded in shared stories of a larger people then only it will be able to create and sustain a reading public that claimed fidelity to the law and placed it at the center of their collective life not just merely obey it for the sake of obeying it3 A person is justified by works and not by faith alone Both Rahab and Ruth were accepted into the community through their deeds not faith alone4 Examples he provides of how the texts in Bible were added edited 5 The credits he gives to the roles women played in bible as judges as mothers as a national heroes etc In this male dominant literature female characters were often nameless In Exodus 22 it told a story of a courageous mother how she defied Pharaoh's rule to save her child she cleverly waterproofed the basket stayed close to the child beside the river nursed him then she disappeared from the story altogether Her name wasn't mentioned till five chapters later by the time the reader reached Exodus 62 most of us already forgotten about her She was mother of the greatest prophet in the bible yet she remain as a nameless characterfor me for the longest time until she was compared to Rahab in this book I am moved by this particular sectionThis book is a bit technical but still accessible for lay person I almost gave up after two chapters but I got hooked several chapters later It is highly recommended for those who want to understand how Israelites national identity was constructedBy the way the open access format doesn't work well in kindle if you plan to read it on a kindle buy the kindle version instead

Review War, Memory, and National Identity in the Hebrew Bible

War, Memory, and National Identity in the Hebrew Bible Review ä 7 ✓ The Hebrew Bible is permeated with depictions of military conflicts that have profoundly shaped the way many think about war Why does war occupy so much space in the Bible In this book Jacob Wright offers a fresh and fascinating response to this u As 'holy war' or because this people along with its neighbors in the ancient Near East was especially bellicose The reason is rather that the Bible is fundamentally a project of constructing a new national identity for Israel one that can both transcend deep divisions within the population and withstand military conuest by imperial armies Dr. One of the most inspiring and beautiful books I have ever read I totally recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the Hebrew Bible and those who simply enjoy a well written beautiful book

Jacob L. Wright ☆ 7 Summary

War Memory and National Identity in the Hebrew BibleAwing on the intriguing interdisciplinary research on war commemoration Wright shows how biblical authors like the architects of national identities from recent times constructed a new and influential notion of peoplehood in direct relation to memories of war both real and imagined This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core. Another masterpiece by professor Jacob L Wright Deeply insightful and rich in understanding War memory and national identity in the Hebrew bible is a must read for anyone interested in the Bible Ü