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violence of God

“people are just dying all over the place”—reading the Old Testament historical books

Posted by PeteEnns on January 6, 2016 in Old Testament violence of God 46 Comments

This semester I’ll be teaching a course on the Old Testament “historical books”—Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah. (I cover Chronicles as part of my Biblical Hermeneutics class under “midrash.”) As I always do for my biblical canon courses, I read through that portion of the Bible during

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a brief thought on John Dominic Crossan’s new book on the Bible and God’s violence

Posted by PeteEnns on April 8, 2015 in biblical theology violence of God 40 Comments

A few weeks ago I read John Dominic Crossan’s new book How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation, and I would have posted something sooner if I weren’t in the middle of end-of-semester crunch time. Anyway, enough excuses. The book is thoughtful, energetic, and–that overused

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my thoughts about thinking about violence in the Bible: a counterpoint

Posted by PeteEnns on February 11, 2015 in The Bible Tells Me So violence of God 39 Comments

Several days ago over at OnFaith, John Dickson posted “4 Responses to the Problem of Violence in the Bible.” I respect Dickson and his work a lot. I also think his thoughts in this piece are constructive and will be helpful to many readers. Dickson’s post responds specifically to Richard Dawkins’s charge that the Canaanite extermination in the book of

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the Canaanites weren’t the “worst sinners ever”: engaging Copan and Flannagan on Canaanite extermination

Posted by PeteEnns on January 26, 2015 in defending the faith violence of God 38 Comments

Earlier this month, Jonathan Merritt over at RNS interviewed Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan about their recent book Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God. Copan is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Flannagan is a philosopher with proficiency in contemporary analytic

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