The Violence of the Biblical God

Canonical Narrative and Christian Faith

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L. Daniel Hawk
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , January
     2019.
     248 pages.
     $35.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780802872449.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Tommy Moehlmann forthcoming.

Description

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?

The Violence of the Biblical God by L. Daniel Hawk presents a new framework, solidly rooted in the authority of Scripture, for understanding the paradox of God’s participation in violence. Hawk shows how the historical narrative of the Bible offers multiple canonical pictures for faithful Christian engagement with the violent systems of the world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

L. Daniel Hawk is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

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