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Author Rainey, Brian, author.

Title Religion, ethnicity and xenophobia in the Bible : a theoretical, exegetical and theological survey / Brian Rainey
Edition First edition
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in the biblical world
Routledge studies in the biblical world.
Contents Biblical scholarship and "the other" -- Birds of a feather : explaining ethnic foreigners -- "Brood of destruction" : Mesopotamian caricatures of foreigners -- "He fixed the boundaries of the earth" : some biblical idioms of ethnicity -- "A non-people, a foolish nation" : caricatures of foreigners in Deuteronomistic texts -- "I was repulsed by them" : caricatures of foreigners in Holiness texts -- "Foolish by nature" : the reverberations of ethnic polemics in the Bible -- "In order that I might horrify them" : a theological appraisal
Summary "Religion, Ethnicity and Xenophobia in the Bible looks at some of the Bible's most hostile and violent anti-foreigner texts and raises critical questions about how students of the Bible and ancient Near East should grapple with "ethnicity" and "foreignness" conceptually, hermeneutically and theologically. The author uses insights from social psychology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, sociology, and ethnic studies to develop his own perspective on ethnicity and foreignness. Starting with legends about Mesopotamian kings from the third millennium BCE, then navigating the Deuteronomistic and Holiness traditions of the Hebrew Bible, and finally turning to Deuterocanonicals and the Apostle Paul, the book assesses the diverse and often inconsistent portrayals of foreigners in these ancient texts. This examination of the negative portrayal of foreigners in biblical and Mesopotamian texts also leads to a broader discussion about how to theorize ethnicity in biblical studies, ancient studies and the humanities. This volume will be invaluable to students of ethnicity and society in the Bible, at all levels"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Ethnicity in the Bible.
Xenophobia -- Biblical teaching
BIBLES -- General.
RELIGION -- Biblical Reference -- General.
RELIGION -- Biblical Reference -- Handbooks.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
Ethnicity in the Bible.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018042213
ISBN 9781351260442