Metaphysical Hatred and Sacred Genocide: The Questionable Role of Amalek in Biblical Literature

@article{Kugler2020MetaphysicalHA,
  title={Metaphysical Hatred and Sacred Genocide: The Questionable Role of Amalek in Biblical Literature},
  author={Gili Kugler},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  year={2020},
  volume={23},
  pages={1 - 16}
}
  • G. Kugler
  • Published 13 October 2020
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Genocide Research
ABSTRACT Amalek is traditionally perceived as Israel’s arch-enemy and rival. In the Hebrew Bible, divine laws command the annihilation of the Amalekites, and war narratives recount their execution. What is the basis for this uncompromising judgement against Amalek? What does it reveal about the national ethos, as well as about the realpolitik of the ancient peoples, the Israelites and Amalekites? To this day, commentators on the Hebrew Bible have endeavoured to explain and justify the tradition…