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Trends in the history of research on the problem of violence in the Old Testament

S. D. Snyman

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 18, No 1 (1997), 127-145. doi: 10.4102/ve.v18i1.1129

Submitted: 19 July 1997
Published:  19 July 1997


Violence as theological problem is a relative newcomer to the scene of Old Testament studies. It was only during the 1970’s that violence was given major attention by Old Testament scholars. In a number of studies the main focus was on Yahweh and his relation to violence. By the late I970’s the theories of Rene Girard on violence were applied to the Old Testament and played an important role in the thinking of Old Testament scholars on violence. In the last part of the article proposed solutions to the problem of violence in the Old Testament are discussed.

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S. D. Snyman, Department of Old Testament, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa



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