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Uncovering Violence

Reading Biblical Narratives as an Ethical Project

Amy C. Cottrill

  • 10/25/2021
  • 0664267114
  • 978-0-664-26711-7
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 216
  • 6 x 9
  • 10.00 oz

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"I highly recommend this volume for the classroom and for learning communities who view the texts as sacred scriptures, are looking for an ethical reading strategy, and desire to engage these problematic stories of violence with new insights." -Stone-Campbell Journal

“Here is an exemplar of the best of today’s interdisciplinary biblical scholarship perfectly suited to our present cultural moment. With an eclectic blend of perspectives (e.g., literary and ethical theory, moral injury, masculinity studies) and a focus on women characters in violent settings (e.g., Sisera’s mother, Ruth, Abigail, Samson's women), Amy Cottrill helps readers better recognize different forms of violence in biblical stories, think about the effects of that textual violence, and treat reading itself as an ethical project. In Cottrill’s able hands, violent stories such as the killing of Sisera and the exploits of Samson become examples of the ethical complexity of biblical narratives and opportunities for today’s readers to face anew the violence present in their own realities.”

—Brad E. Kelle, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Point Loma Nazarene University

“In this thought-provoking book Amy Cottrill guides the reader into an encounter with the complex, multi-dimensional nature of violence as it is represented in biblical narrative. Stories one assumed were simple tales are seen afresh as complex meditations on how characters—and readers—negotiate their entanglement in violence of many types. A superb book for use in the classroom or in serious adult education.”

—Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emerita of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University


“Cottrill shows how our typical ways of dealing with violence in the Bible fail to honor the intricacies of the texts themselves, and the complexity of how we navigate violence in our own world. In this major interdisciplinary contribution to our understanding of violence, Cottrill ably guides readers to a more informed, and more profound, way of seeing—and engaging—the violence in the Bible and in our world.”

—Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament, Princeton

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