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The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism

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Publisher Comments:

The Curse of Cain confronts the inherent ambiguities of biblical stories on many levels and, in the end, offers an alternative, inspiring reading of the Bible that is attentive to visions of plenitude rather than scarcity, and to an ethics based on generosity rather than violence.

"[A] provocative and timely examination of the interrelationship of monotheism and violence. . . . This is a refreshing alternative to criticism-biblical and otherwise-that so often confuses interpretation with closure; it is an invitation to an ethic of possibility, plenitude, and generosity, a welcome antidote to violence, as important for its insights into memory, identity, and place as for its criticism of monotheism's violent legacy."—Booklist

"Brilliant and provocative, this is a work demanding close attention from critics, theologians, and all those interested in the imaginative roots of common life."—Rowan Williams, Bishop of Monmouth

"A stunningly important book."—Walter Brueggemann, Theology Today

"Artfully rendered, endlessly provocative."—Lawrence Weschler, New Yorker

About the Author

Regina M. Schwartz is professor of English and religion at Northwestern University and director of the Chicago Institute of Religion, Ethics, and Violence. She is the author of Remembering and Repeating: On Milton's Theology and Poetics; editor of The Book and the Text: The Bible and Literary Theory; and co-author of The Postmodern Bible.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Rebuilding Babel

Murder

Identity and Violence

1. Inventing Identity: Covenants

Imagining Israel

Cutting Covenants

The Blood of the Covenant

2. Owning Identity: Land

Possessing Land

Exodus and Conquest

Polluting the Land

Whores in Exile

3. Natural Identity: Kinship

Exogamy, Endogamy, and the Foreigner

Rape and the Other

Incest Is Best

Kinship, Race, and Property

God the Father and Homosexuality

4. Dividing Identities: "Nations"

Nationalism in the Discipline

Nations in the Bible

Defining Israel

5. Inscribing Identity: Memory

Remembering the Exodus

The Politics of Memory

Forgetting

Joseph (He Adds)

Typology and Totality

Living Memory

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226742007
Author:
Schwartz, Regina M.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Schwartz, Regina M.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bible - Study - Old Testament
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Old Testament
Subject:
Christianity-Old Testament General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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