ISBN : 9780190681906
Although seldom studied by biblical scholars as a discrete phenomenon, ritual violence is mentioned frequently in biblical texts, and includes ritual actions such as disfigurement of corpses, destruction or scattering of bones removed from a tomb, stoning and other forms of public execution, cursing, forced depilation, the legally-sanctioned imposition of physical defects on living persons, coerced potion-drinking, sacrificial burning of animals and humans, forced stripping and exposure of the genitalia, and mass eradication of populations. This book, the first to focus on ritual violence in the Hebrew Bible, investigates these and other violent rites, the ritual settings in which they occur, their various literary contexts, and the identity and aims of their agents in order to speak in an informed way about the contours and social aspects of ritual violence as it is represented in the Hebrew Bible.
Chapter 1: Ritual Violence Prescribed
Chapter 2: Violent Rites Narrated
Chapter 3: Ritual Violence Envisioned
Chapter 4: Ritual Inversion and Mitigating Rites
Chapter 5: The Role of Circumstantially Dependent Rites in Ritual Violence
Chapter 6: The Social Dimensions of Ritual Violence