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Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts
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Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts

T. M. Lemos


How should the human body be treated? Should bodies be slaughtered, starved, tortured, sold, and shot in the streets? Whose bodies should be treated in these ways and whose protected from harm? Who has the right to seek redress in cases of abuse and who is seen as fit for dehumanization? This book addresses these very questions, examining materials from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, ancient Near Eastern literature, and contemporary American society. In the first book-length work on personhood in ancient Israel, the author reveals widespread intersections between violence and personhood in bo ... More

Keywords: violence in the Bible, personhood, masculinity, violence against women, slavery, violence against children, violence against foreigners, torture, race and ethnicity, police brutality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198784531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. M. Lemos, author
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario