TORTUROUS AMBIVALENCE: Judaic Struggles with Torture
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011
© 2011 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 598–605, December 2011
How to Cite
Crane, J. K. (2011), TORTUROUS AMBIVALENCE: Judaic Struggles with Torture. Journal of Religious Ethics, 39: 598–605. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00496.x
- Issue published online: 17 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011
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A surprising lack of consensus exists among contemporary Jewish scholars about Judaism's position vis-à-vis torture. Some claim that Judaism condones torture while others insist that Judaism condemns it. These diverging opinions on such a troubling practice suggest an ambivalence deep within the Judaic textual tradition about torturing bodies. This brief essay critiques both perspectives for twisting the textual tradition and offers some preliminary suggestions for a more robust Judaic approach to torture.