God and Violence: Biblical Resources for Living in a Small World

God and Violence: Biblical Resources for Living in a Small World


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From the medieval crusades to the latest violence in the Middle East, warriors have long claimed the Bible's support for their battles. This book argues that many biblical stories, read as part of a canon from Genesis to Revelation, contain resources for turning violence to service of God and humanity. As varied and complex as life itself, these narratives can provide us with imaginative possibilities and steady motivation to move beyond the narrow defensiveness and self-interest that are becoming ever more problematic in an increasingly interconnected world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780836192698
Publisher: Herald Press (VA)
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Resetting the Default: An Introduction23
Chapter 2Violence and the Invisible Other: The Figure of Cain35
Chapter 3After Cain: The Flood, Strong Men, and More Cities in Genesis 6-1151
Chapter 4Patriarchal Peacemaking59
Chapter 5The Exodus and the Warrior God73
Chapter 6Organizing an Itinerant Israel: The Book of Numbers99
Chapter 7Receiving the Land as Gift: The Book of Joshua115
Chapter 8Leadership in a Time of Violence: The Book of Judges143
Chapter 9Isaiah 1-39: Civilization Is NotEnough175
Chapter 10Three Soundings193
Chapter 11Attending to the Mystery: Human Action in Mark215
Chapter 12Lion and Lamb: The Perils of Language245
Chapter 13Conclusions: The Peaceable Bible?279
Works Cited345
Scripture Index353
Subject Index363
About the Author373

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