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Holy War
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I. Ancient Near East and Old Testament – II. Islam – III. Ethics

I. Ancient Near East and Old Testament

The theory that ancient Israel was, under certain circumstances, accustomed to wage “holy wars” in addition to profane ones goes back to G. v. Rad (1947/1951), at least in the form that became a milestone of scholarly research. Drawing on the depictions of war in the OT, he developed a “theory of the holy war” based on three con…

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Weippert, Manfred, van Ess, Josef and Reuter, Hans-Richard, “Holy War”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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