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Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts$
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T. M. Lemos

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198784531.001.0001

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Dogs beneath the Tables of Men

Dogs beneath the Tables of Men

Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts

(p.1) 1 Dogs beneath the Tables of Men
Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts

T. M. Lemos

Oxford University Press

The introduction to this book begins with a few striking examples from both ancient and contemporary contexts of the use of violence in shifting categories of personhood, illustrating why this study is important and necessary. The chapter briefly outlines for readers the major approaches to violence and personhood offered in anthropological circles in the past few decades. Philosophical approaches to personhood also receive some attention, with the chapter explaining why anthropological approaches to this area are more fruitful for this particular study. The introduction briefly presents and critiques the research of Elaine Scarry, Zainab Bahrani, and others on violence, while also detailing relevant scholarship on violence and other areas of biblical studies. Synopses of each chapter in the book are provided here, as well.

Keywords:   violence, personhood, self, torture, dehumanization, the body, ritual

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