The transformations brought about by modernity required Jews to re-examine the traditional rabbinic prohibition against war in the light of the times. Within a hundred years the traditional safeguards were effectively removed for the majority of religious Jews that continued to take Jewish traditional exegesis seriously. This full process, from removing holy war from possibility to reviving holy war as a paradigm for action, is the topic of this study.
Cover; Contents; Preface; Abbreviations; INTRODUCTION; PART ONE: The Ancient Jewish World: Holy War in Practice; CHAPTER 1 Holy War in the Bible; CHAPTER 2 Jewish Holy War in Practice: Early Success; CHAPTER 3 Holy War Fails; PART TWO: The World of the Rabbis: Holy War Interrupted; CHAPTER 4 Rabbinic Responses to War's Failure; CHAPTER 5 Rabbinic Typology of War; CHAPTER 6 Who Is the Enemy?; CHAPTER 7 Maimonides' Counting of the Commandments; CHAPTER 8 Nahmanides' Critique, and Other Thinkers; PART THREE: The Emergence of Jewish Modernity: Holy War on Hold CHAPTER 9 The Crisis of Modernity and Jewish ResponsesCHAPTER 10 From Practicality to a New Messianism; CHAPTER 11 The New Jew; CHAPTER 12 From Holocaust to Holy War: Israel's War of Independence; PART FOUR: The Jewish State: Holy War Revived; CHAPTER 13 1948 to 1967: From Defensive War to Preemptive War; CHAPTER 14 1967 to 1973: The Miracle of Conquest and the Test of Yom Kippur; CHAPTER 15 The 1980s: Holy War and Its Excesses; CONCLUSION: The Resurrection of Holy War; Glossary; A; B; C; E; F; G; H; I; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; Y; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L MN; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
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