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Holy war in the Bible : Christian morality and an Old Testament problem

Author: Heath Thomas; Jeremy A Evans; Paul Copan
Publisher: Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, [2013]
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The challenge of a seemingly genocidal God who commands ruthless warfare has bewildered Bible readers for generations. The theme of divine war is not limited to the Old Testament Historical Books, however. It is also prevalent in the Prophets and Wisdom literature as well. Yet it doesn't stop there. The New Testament book of Revelation is also full of similar imagery. The questions we are left with multiply. These  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heath Thomas; Jeremy A Evans; Paul Copan
ISBN: 9780830839957 083083995X
OCLC Number: 812258099
Description: 352 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Orientation amidst the diversity : an introduction to the volume / Geth Allison and Reid Powell --
Joshua and the Crusades / Douglas S. Earl --
Martial memory, peaceable vision : divine war in the Old Testament / Stephen B. Chapman --
A neglected witness to "holy war" in the Writings / Heath A. Thomas --
The rhetoric of divine warfare in Ephesians / Timothy G. Gombis --
Vengeance, wrath and warfare as images of divine justice in John's Apocalypse / Alan S. Bandy --
Compassion and wrath as motivations for divine warfare / David Lamb --
Holy war and [mêm rêš ḥêt̲] : a biblical theology of [mêm rêš ḥêt̲] / Douglas S. Earl --
Crusade in the Old Testament and today / Daniel R. Heimbach --
The ethics of "holy war" for Christian morality and theology / Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan --
The prophets' call for peacemaking practices / Glen Harold Stassen --
"Holy war," divine action and the new atheism : philosophical considerations / Robert Stewart --
The unholy notion of "holy war" : a Christian critique / Murray Rae --
"Holy war" and the new atheism : a theological response / Stephen N. Williams --
Old Testament "holy war" and Christian morality : where do we go from here? / Jeremy Evans and Heath Thomas.
Responsibility: edited by Heath Thomas, Jeremy Evans, and Paul Copan.

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The challenge of a seemingly genocidal God who commands ruthless warfare has bewildered Bible readers for generations. The theme of divine war is not limited to the Old Testament Historical Books, however. It is also prevalent in the Prophets and Wisdom literature as well. Yet it doesn't stop there. The New Testament book of Revelation is also full of similar imagery. The questions we are left with multiply. These controversial yet theologically vital issues call for a thorough interpretation, especially given a long history of misinterpretation and misappropriation of these texts. Yet this book does more. A range of expert contributors engage in a multidisciplinary approach that considers the issue from a variety of perspectives: biblical, ethical, philosophical and theological. -- Back Cover.

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