A fistful of shekels: Scrutinizing Ehud's entertaining violence (Judges 3:12-30)
AffiliationChester College of Higher Education
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AbstractIn Judges violence is a typical means by which Yahweh orchestrates justice. It becomes the end for the good (such as, likely, Jephthah's daughter), the bad (such as enemy Sisera) and the ugly (such as the thoroughly unpleasant Abimelech). Just as Judges asks the question, 'Who is going to lead Israel?', it also implicitly questions the value of the means by which Israel shall be led. Likewise, the Western film genre creates a dialogue about violence; who may use it and when. It is also about access to the land and its governance. These mutual concerns are explored in a developed comparison between the Ehud narrative (Judg. 3:12-30) and some of the ambiguously virtuous violent heroes of Western films (particularly Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Western creation, 'the Man with No Name').
CitationBiblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches, 11(1), 2003, pp. 53-78
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SponsorsThis article was submitted to the RAE2008 for the University of Chester - Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies.