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Religious Studies

Judaism: attitudes towards fighting and warfare

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Most religions offer teaching on war and conflict. And over time religion has been at the heart of conflict between nations.

Jewish scripture and ‘Just Wars’

Jewish attitudes to war and peace are based on the teachings of the Jewish Scriptures.

In the Jewish Scriptures there are examples of wars. Some of these were Holy Wars where the Jews were trying to maintain their religion when other people wanted to make them worship false gods. Others were perhaps ‘Just Wars’ but it could be argued that some of them were wrong and unjustified.

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