eBook The Violence of the Biblical God: Canonical Narrative and Christian Faith, 1st Edition

  • L. Daniel Hawk
  • Published By: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 1467452602
  • ISBN-13: 9781467452601
  • DDC: 220.8
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released July 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019
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How can we make sense of violence in the Bible? Joshua commands the people of Israel to wipe out everyone in the promised land of Canaan, while Jesus commands God’s people to love their enemies. How are we to interpret biblical passages on violence when it is sanctioned at one point and condemned at another? This book presents a new framework, solidly rooted in the authority of Scripture, for understanding the paradox of God’s participation in violence. It shows how the historical narrative of the Bible offers multiple canonical pictures for faithful Christian engagement with the violent systems of the world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Problem of the Violent God.
2: Creation Ruined and Remade.
3: Yahweh's New Approach.
4: The Grand Entrance.
5: A Covenant Made and Remade.
6: God and Kings.
7: The Land Promised and Taken.
8: God Moves to the Outside.
9: Interpreting Divine Violence.
Select Bibliography.
Author Index.
Subject Index.
Scripture Index.