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Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric?: Wrestling With Troubling War Texts

Paperback|Dec 2019
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:Christians cannot ignore the intersection of religion and violence, whether contemporary or ancient. In our own Scriptures, war texts that appear to approve of genocidal killings and war rape-forcibly taking female captives for wives-raise hard questions about biblical ethics and...


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:Christians cannot ignore the intersection of religion and violence, whether contemporary or ancient. In our own Scriptures, war texts that appear to approve of genocidal killings and war rape-forcibly taking female captives for wives-raise hard questions about biblical ethics and the character of God. Have we missed something in our traditional readings? In Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric? William Webb and Gordon Oeste address the ethics of reading biblical war texts today. Theirs is a biblical-theological reading with an eye to hermeneutical, ethical, canonical, and ancient cultural contexts. Identifying a spectrum of views on war texts ranging from "no ethical problems" to "utterly repulsive," the authors pursue a middle path using a hermeneutic of incremental, redemptive-movement ethics. Instead of trying to force traditional Christian answers to fit contemporary questions, they argue, we must properly connect the traditional answers with the biblical storyline questions that were on the minds of Scripture's original readers. And there are indeed better answers to the ethical problems in the war texts. Woven throughout the Old Testament, a collection of antiwar and subversive war texts suggest that Yahweh's involvement in Israel's warfare required some degree of accommodation to people living in a fallen world. Yet, God's redemptive influence even within the ugliness of ancient warfare shouts loudly about a future hope-a final battle fought with complete and untainted justice by Christ.

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 549161
  • Product Code 9780830852499
  • ISBN 0830852492
  • Pages 408
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Ivp Academic
  • Publication Date Dec 2019
  • Sales Rank 61715
  • Dimensions 27 x 226 x 152mm
  • Weight 0.553kg

William J Webb

William J. Webb (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Heritage Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario (Canada). He has written Tough Texts on Sex, Marriage and Family (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press); Brutal and Bloody: Justice Texts That Trouble the Soul. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press); Slaves, Women, & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001) and Returning Home: New Covenant and Second Exodus as the Context for 2 Corinthians 6.147.1. (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 85, ed. Stanley Porter. Sheffield, JSOT Press, 1993)
Koorong - Editorial Review.

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