A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives

A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives

by David J Neville

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In the New Testament texts, there is significant tension between Jesus's nonviolent mission and message and the apparent violence attributed to God and God's agents at the anticipated end. David Neville challenges the ready association between New Testament eschatology and retributive vengeance on christological and canonical grounds. He explores the narrative sections of the New Testament--the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation--with a view to developing a peaceable, as opposed to retributive, understanding of New Testament eschatology. Neville shows that for every narrative text in the New Testament that anticipates a vehement eschatology, another promotes a largely peaceable eschatology. This work furthers the growing discussion of violence and the doctrine of the atonement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441240156
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David J. Neville (PhD, Murdoch University) is associate professor of theology and lecturer in New Testament studies at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia. He is the author or editor of several books.

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Gospels according to Matthew and Mark
1. Nonretaliation or Vengeance? Protesting Matthew's Violent Eschatology
2. Peaceful Power: Pleading Mark's Ethical Eschatology
Part 2: The Lukan Literature
3. The Evangelist of Peace
4. "As in the Days of Noah and Lot": Retributive Eschatology in Luke's Gospel
5. "In the Same Way": Restoration Eschatology in Acts
Part 3: Johannine Trajectories
6. Nonviolent Apocalypse: The Peace Witness of the Fourth Gospel
7. Apocalypse of the Lamb: Reading Revelation in Peace Perspective
Concluding Reflections

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