Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

By Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins provides a fearless exam of the darkand violent verses of the Bible—and a choice for us to learn them anew in pursuitof a richer, extra sincere religion. From “one of America’s most sensible students ofreligion” (The Economist), this bold exploration of the Scripture’smost tough passages forces us to confront and settle for the violence that wasas quintessential to the formula of Christianity’s message because it was once for manyother of the world’s religions, and exhibits us how an entire figuring out of theScripture will let us eventually movement in the direction of a extra peaceable, spiritualworld. Readers of Bart Ehrman’s God’s Problem,John Selby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture, andJenkins’s personal The Jesus Wars, in addition to each Christian desirous to squarethe recurrent violence of the Scripture with Christianity’s enduring message ofpeace, will locate those tricky questions explored in complete in Laying Downthe Sword.

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131 Faustus, 106, 173 worry and Trembling (Kierkegaard), 230 Fitna (film), three, 29, 77–78 forgetting biology of, 16–17 hazards of, 18–20 development of religions and, 17 Joshua and, 39–40 Franklin, Benjamin, one hundred thirty five From the Stone Age to Christianity (Albright), 117 basics (Torrey), 114 Galton, Francis, 112 Genesis, 50, sixty four genocide, ninety seven. See additionally Amalekites; herem abhorrence of, spiritual, 230 in Africa, 139 Ausrottung, 138–39, a hundred and forty Calvin on, 109 of Canaanites, 37, forty three, forty four, 60, 64–66, 116–17, 119–20, 121–22, 123, 124, 188, 220, 231 damned races argument and, 112–16 protecting, 118–20 as divine principal, eight, eleven, 14, 21, 34, 39, 129, one hundred thirty, 132, 138, 141, 156, 181 eu, sixteen extirpation, 132 Holocaust and, 116–18 net and, 120–22 Israelite justifications for, 231–32 justifications for, 97–122, 243 killing of youngsters and, a hundred and twenty, 139, 228 literalism and, 111–12 within the outdated testomony, 7, sixty two, sixty four, seventy three Protestant-Catholic clash and, 130–31 Protestant countries and, 124, 131 the Qur’an and, seventy three racial extermination within the Americas, 132, 133–35, 181 rarity in precedent days, 41–42 Rav Kook and, 152 Rwandan, 140–41 selective amnesia and, sixteen Torrey’s argument, 115–16, 120–21 Vernichtung, 12, 138–40 “Genocide: A Commandment of the Torah,” 156 Germany Amalek label utilized to, a hundred and fifty Holocaust, 139–40 Vernichtung, Ausrottung, and, 138–40 Gibbs, Henry, one hundred thirty five Gibeonites, 44–45, 137 Gideon, 129, 183 Gideon New testomony, 183, 199 Girard, René, 17 Gnostics, 169–71, 172, 173, 193 Goldberg, Jeffrey, 161 Goldstein, Baruch, 159 Gouge, William, 128–29 Graham, Franklin, three grey, Robert, 133 Greece, historic, 40–41, fifty eight eco-friendly Pastures, The (film), 212–13 Grotius, Hugo, a hundred seventy five, 182 Habakkuk, 215 Habash, George, 250 Hadith, seventy three, seventy four, 191 Sahih Bukari, eighty five Haley, John W.

Jon D. Levenson, Esther (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997); Michael V. Fox, personality and beliefs within the ebook of Esther, second ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001); Carol M. Bechtel, Esther (Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 2002); Sidnie White Crawford and Leonard J. Greenspoon, eds. , The ebook of Esther in sleek learn (London: T&T Clark overseas, 2003). eleven. Maurice Simon, ed. , “Esther,” in Freedman and Simon, eds. , Midrash Rabbah, vol. nine, 92ff: “My ancestor Agag” is at ninety six. Elaine Rose Glickman, Haman and the Jews (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1999); Jo Carruthers, Esther during the Centuries (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008).

Sharon isn’t Amalek, yet he works for Amalek. . . . Sharon is forfeiting his correct to reside. ”43 just like the invocation of Phinehas, such Amalekite comparisons might be lethally threatening. In 2000, a regular controversy used to be raging among the haredim and the govt, with schooling Minister Yossi Sarid because the lightning rod of ultra-Orthodox protest. Sarid used to be denounced in fiery phrases via Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one in all Israel’s so much prestigious non secular figures and the non secular adviser to the strong far-right spiritual occasion Shas.

For Christians, Jesus was once Moses, who kept his humans and taken them out of the land of Egypt. In baptism, Christians gone through dying into lifestyles, simply because the old Hebrews had undergone the crimson Sea. Rooted as they have been in Jewish culture, the 1st Christians expectantly positioned their very own religion within the context of that older tale of redemption and salvation, and that intended drawing seriously on Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy, in truth, is among the parts of the outdated testomony so much widely stated within the New, the 3rd so much seriously used textual content after Psalms and Isaiah.

Desk 1 the main anxious Conquest Texts Exodus 17:8–16 Israel’s fight with Amalek: “[God] will completely positioned out the remembrance of Amalek from lower than heaven. . . . The LORD may have conflict with Amalek from new release to iteration. ” 23:23 The expulsion of Canaan’s local peoples: “For mine angel shall cross prior to thee, and convey thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and that i will minimize them off. ” 34:11–17 The expulsion of Canaan’s peoples and the destruction in their non secular practices: “ye shall ruin their altars, holiday their photos, and minimize their groves.

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