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Exploring the Term "Holy War"


February 5, 2014



Holy war. What is it exactly? What does it mean to us today? On Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, will present "Holy War in Ancient Israel and the Near East" as part of the University's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series. The event will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center and is free and open to the public.

Ever since 9/11, there has been a surge of interest in holy war and its ideology. Many people think that the idea of holy war originated in the Koran or in the Old Testament books of Deuteronomy or Joshua. In this presentation, Hawkins will show that holy war was an ideology that existed throughout the ancient Near East, discuss its characteristics and explore its implications for today.

*Please note this event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.