War and Ethics in the Ancient Near East: Military Violence in Light of Cosmology and History (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft)

War and Ethics in the Ancient Near East: Military Violence in Light of Cosmology and History (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft)


The monograph considers the relationships of moral platforms within the historic close to East via a research of struggle in Judah, Israel and Assyria within the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. It argues universal cosmological and ideological outlook generated similarities in moral considering. In all 3 societies, the mythological traditions surrounding construction replicate a powerful connection among battle, kingship and the institution of order. Human kings´ army actions are legitimated via their identity with this cosmic fight opposed to chaos, started via the divine king at construction. army violence is thereby solid not just as morally tolerable yet as morally crucial. Deviations from this standpoint replicate phenomena: the maintenance of variable social views and the influence of ancient adjustments on moral thinking.The study starts off the dialogue of historical close to jap ethics outdoor of Israel and Judah and fills a scholarly void by way of putting Israelite and Judahite ethics inside this context, in addition to contributing methodologically to destiny examine in historic and comparative ethics.

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