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La Violencia and the Hebrew Bible: The Politics and Histories of Biblical Hermeneutics on the America
edited by Susanne Scholz and Pablo R. Andiñach
SBL Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-88414-131-0 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-132-7 | Paper: 978-1-62837-130-7
Library of Congress Classification BS1199.V56V57 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 221.6097


Exegetically noteworthy and culturally-theologically relevant

Violence in its wide range of horrifying expressions is real in people’s lives, and biblical interpreters must take violence in the world seriously to arrive at relevant ideas about the place of the Bible in the world. Each essay addresses people’s experiences of violence in the study of the Bible through the context of la violencia, the Spanish noun referring to the brutal, repressive, and murderous policies of state-sponsored violence practiced in many South and Central American and Caribbean countries during the twentieth century that external powers such as the USA often endorsed and fostered. The volume represents an important contribution to biblical studies and to the field of Latina/o studies. The contributors are Cheryl B. Anderson, Pablo Andiñach, Nancy Bedford, Lee Cuéllar, Steed V. Davidson, Serge Frolov, Renata Furst, Julia M. O’Brien, Todd Penner, José Enrique Ramírez, Ivoni Richter Reimer, and Susanne Scholz.


  • Twelve essays by scholars living and working on the American continent

  • Articles reveal the complex historical, political, and cultural conditions on the American continent that have contributed to our understanding of violence in the Bible

  • Focus on themes of racial, social, and cultural violence

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