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The Bible, the Quran and “texts of terror”

That is, of course, Phyllis Trible’s terms for the many texts in the Hebrew Bible that shock our modern sensibilities as God calls for the desctruction of the Canaanites or…worse. Since 9/11 many Americans have asked and asserted that the Quran itself, with passages such as Sura 47 that begins “O true believers, when you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads.” My colleague Phillip Jenkins has a piece, “Dark Passages,”  in the Boston Globe […]