Jüdisches Museum Hohenems : Holy War in Judaism

By courtesy of  Yitzchak M. Feuerstein & Jüdisches Museum Hohenems


Professor Reuven Firestone lecturing

From Militancy to Quietism and Back Again. Many people have peculiar impression about Judaism and war: “Jews don`t fight” is one. Another is: “The God of the Jews is a violent and vengeful God (as opposed to the “God of love” of the Christians), and that God demands bloody wars.” The truth is more complicated than either of these impressions. In fact, Judaism began as a very militant religion. Jews were considered prized mercenaries during the Second Temple period and occupied garrisons for the Persian emperor in Egypt (1)  and elsewhere. But Judaism changed radically in late Antiquity and is going through another radical change in the modern period. Why the Changes, and how can a religion alter its position on such a basic issue of war and violence? These are issues that we will study in this session…”

Complete lecture (video footage ) –>  HERE <- Videoaufzeichnung des Vortrags

(1) The Jewish garrison in Elephantine

Links :

Reuben Firestone – Hebrew Union College

Reuven Firestone – Universität Zürich

Adventures of a Rabbi Who Knows Koran – Reform Judaism

Jüdisches Museum Hohenems

Europäische Sommeruniversität für jüdische Studien, Hohenems