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Bibil Identifier bibil:205882
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) War and Ethics in the Ancient Near East
Title (English, ) Military Violence in Light of Cosmology and History
Author Crouch, C.L.
Series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 407)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature SBA 35/407
Place 299.2
Publishing house Walter de Gruyter
Place Berlin / New York
ISBN 978-3-11-022351-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xi Pages
245 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract The monograph considers the relationships of ethical systems in the ancient Near East through a study of warfare in Judah, Israel and Assyria in the eighth and seventh centuries BCE. It argues that a common cosmological and ideological outlook generated similarities in ethical thinking.
In all three societies, the mythological traditions surrounding creation reflect a strong connection between war, kingship and the establishment of order. Human kings’ military activities are legitimated through their identification with this cosmic struggle against chaos, begun by the divine king at creation. Military violence is thereby cast not only as morally tolerable but as morally imperative.
Deviations from this point of view reflect two phenomena: the preservation of variable social perspectives and the impact of historical changes on ethical thinking.
The research begins the discussion of ancient Near Eastern ethics outside of Israel and Judah and fills a scholarly void by placing Israelite and Judahite ethics within this context, as well as contributing methodologically to future research in historical and comparative ethics. (Publisher's presentation)
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : History and Civilization : 1st millennium : Dominion of the New Assyrian Empire
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ethics
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Amos
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Nahum
Terms חֵרֶם חרם
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