This paper will compare and contextualize the exegetical processes within each discreet interpretive system that attempt to justify the right and responsibility for religious territorial control (recognizing that not all exegesis arrived at this conclusion). It will begin with a brief overview of the scriptural context, since the Deuteronomic core of biblical war traditions seems to have emerged into history within a local economic/political environment that finds much more in parallel with that of seventh century Arabia than, say, the context out of which early Christianity emerged. It will then concentrate on "classical" Jewish and Islamic exegeses in relation to their own, more global economic/political contexts, followed by an examination of interpretive trajectories that have emerged in the last thirty years.
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