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1st Edition

Violence to Eternity

ISBN 9780415290357
Published January 7, 2009 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

In this volume Grace M. Jantzen continues her groundbreaking analysis of death and beauty in western thought by examining the religious roots of death and violence in the Jewish and Christian tradition, which underlie contemporary values.

She shows how man’s fear of the female is often implicated in religious violence and in her critique of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament she examines a range of themes that show the western preoccupation with necrophilia. She examines the relation of death to the Jewish covenant, the nature of monotheism, Holy War and the Christian covenant and kingdom. However, Jantzen recognises that submerged beneath these themes in Judaism and Christianity are traces of an alternative world of beauty and life.

Jantzen’s internationally recognised feminist philosophy of religion puts forward a powerful analysis of patriarchy and violence and reveals the hidden power of natality. Her work is a searching challenge for our times and one that gives hope in a violent world. This work is the first of two posthumous publications to complete her impressive genealogy death and beauty of western thought.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  Introduction: Was it ‘Very Good’?  Part One: Beauty, Violence and Story  1. Violence, Desire and Creation  2. Imagining Natality: Narrative and Utopia  Part Two: Judaism and the Ancient Near East  3. The Finger of God  4. The Chosen Ones: Death and the Covenant  5. ‘I am a Jealous God’: Monotheism and Holy War  6. ‘When I See the Blood’: Sacrifice…  7. Beauty for Ashes  Part Three: Early Christianity  8. The Birth of Christ and Early Christianity: Setting the Scene  9. Covenant in Christendom  10. Medieval Deaths and Delights  11. Reading Medieval Mystics  12. Feminism and Flourishing  Bibliography

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The late Grace M. Jantzen (1948-2006) was Professor of Religion, Culture and Gender at Manchester University and a widely respected feminist philosopher and theologian.

Jeremy Carrette is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent and is the author of Selling Spirituality (Routledge, 2005) and Religion and Critical Psychology (Routledge, 2007).

Morny Joy is University Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary. She is author of Divine Love: Luce Irigaray, Women, Gender and Religion (MUP, 2007).