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Bibil Identifier bibil:117163
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Death, Social Conflict, and the Barley Harvest in the Hebrew Bible
Author Britt, Brian
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 5, Issue: 15)
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 28 pages.
Abstract Some recent scholarship characterizes violent biblical narratives, such as the killing of Saul's descendents in 2 Sam. 21, as evidence of ancient ritual sacrifice. Yet 2 Sam. 21 has more in common with Ruth 1 and Judith than with stories of sacrifice. By their common reference to the barley harvest, untimely deaths, famine, and social conflict, these texts represent reality through literary means. Drawing on René Girard's theory of religion, I suggest how the narratives of 2 Sam. 21, Ruth 1, and Judith, as well as a set of narratives about sheepshearing, address social conflict as literary texts rather than as transparent windows onto ancient practice.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Girard, René
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sacrifice
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : Judith
Pericopes 2 Samuel 21
Ruth 1
Leviticus 23,9-23,14
Judith 8,2
Terms קָצִיר
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