Homicide in the Biblical World by Pamela Barmash

By Pamela Barmash

'Pamela Barmash's new booklet is obligatory studying for biblical students mostly, students of biblical legislation particularly, and students of old close to jap legislation and tradition. it's not far-reaching to say that this e-book is vital for each student of historical cultural and criminal platforms ... Barmash's examine of murder within the biblical international is a shining instance of comparative research.'
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Even if it is deemed appropriate to interpret the legal elements in a literary text, it must be asked to what extent the law and legal practice are accurately portrayed when legal elements might be exaggerated or attenuated for the sake of plot or character development or theological exposition. Furthermore, Genesis 4 poses historical questions. Genesis 4 comes across as having a historical valence for the biblical author because it purports to tell about what occurred in the most ancient of times.

Genesis 4 comes across as having a historical valence for the biblical author because it purports to tell about what occurred in the most ancient of times. The issue with Genesis 4, thus, is not simply a question of how accurate it is about ancient practices but whether it is legitimate to use a literary text like this one as a document to reconstruct history. In sum, Genesis 4 is emblematic of the issues involved in the treatment of homicide in the Hebrew Bible. The attention paid to the inner life of Cain and to the understanding of sin reflects a preoccupation with determining the responsibility of the slayer.

An alternate version of this article is found in the author’s Custom and Conflict in Africa (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1965), 1–26. The term feud has been used to characterize a bewildering variety of phenomena, from an individual’s single act of retaliation, both lethal and nonlethal, for murder, injury, and insult to continuous acts of full-scale aggression between large groups. Cf. E. E. Evans-Pritchard, The Nuer: A Description of Their Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People (Oxford: Clarendon, 1940), 151–160; Gluckman, “The Peace in the Feud,” 6–9; Gluckman, Politics, Law and Ritual in Tribal Society (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1977), 111–112; Marc Bloch, Feudal Society (trans.

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