ISBN-10:
160608089X
ISBN-13:
9781606080894
Pub. Date:
02/28/2009
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Divine Presence Amid Violence: Contextualizing the Book of Joshua

Divine Presence Amid Violence: Contextualizing the Book of Joshua

by Walter Brueggemann
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"To pursue the matter of "revelation in context," I will address an exceedingly difficult text in the Old Testament, Joshua 11. The reason for taking up this text is to deal with the often asked and troublesome question: What shall we do with all the violence and bloody war that is done in the Old Testament in the name of Yahweh? The question reflects a sense that these texts of violence are at least an embarrassment, are morally repulsive, and are theologically problematic in the Bible, not because they are violent, but because this is violence either in the name of or at the hand of Yahweh." -from chapter 2

Endorsements:
"Like Jacob wrestling with the man all night, Walter Brueggemann struggles with texts of divine violence and wrings from them a blessing. He draws together materialist and literary approaches to discover God's violence subtly and indirectly employed on behalf of the dominated against dominators. The book is a brilliant primer in persuasive, open-ended theological interpretation. It will help pastors, students, and anyone who would like to join the hot debate about violence and the God of the Bible."
--Kathleen M. O'Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

"'What shall we do with all the violence . . . done in the Old Testament in the name of Yahweh?' Walter Brueggemann addresses this pressing question with theological candor, exegetical rigor, and literary eloquence. For all those vexed by texts of violence in the Bible, this splendid little book is a 'must-read.'"
--Louis Stulman, Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Professor of Religion, The University of Findlay


About the Contributor(s):
Walter Brueggemann is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is past President of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author of numerous books, including Praying the Psalms, A Pathway of Interpretation, and Ichabod toward Home.

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ISBN-13: 9781606080894
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Walter Brueggemann is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is past President of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author of numerous books, including Praying the Psalms, A Pathway of Interpretation, and Ichabod toward Home.

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Divine Presence Amid Violence: Contextualizing the Book of Joshua 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
adamtarn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Utilizing both a materialist and literary reading of the the text, Brueggemann explores one of the bloodiest chapters of the bible, Joshua 11. Some of the questions he considers: How are these texts of violence to be understood as revelation? What is it that is disclosed? How shall this disclosure be received as serious, authoritative, and binding as the only rule for life and faith?
TonyMilner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book promises rather more than it delivers (or could deliver really in its length). It is realy and exegetical study of Joshua 11, treating it with the sociolgical framework of Gotwald in principle. His argument is that the text only give direct divine sanction for the hamstringing of horses and burning of chariots, which are symbols and instruments of monarchial domination, but that takes chapter 11 rather out of the wider context, and does not address the rather glaring issue of extermination which is a key feature of the text.Also I am not sure that his situating of the sociological rationale of the text within the narative time (13th century) rather than within the time when the text was probably written (7th or 6th century) is the ideal way of aproaching the texts. In that sens Lori Rowlett's 'Joshua and the Rhetoric of Violence' is much more convincing.