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Does the Bible Justify Violence?

Does the Bible Justify Violence?

Renowned biblical scholar John J. Collins asks tough questions about the relationship between the portrayals of violence in the Bible and how they have been used throughout history. The Crusaders, Puritans, and abolitionists all used the Bible to justify their use of violence — and this process continues. In light of today's religious and political rhetoric, how shall we interpret these ancient documents? How can we understand the biblical stories, prophecies, and songs in their historical contexts and avoid making self-serving and even violent use of them?
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636890
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 4.25 x 7
  • Pages 64
  • Publication Date August 10, 2004

Table of Contents


1. The "Ban"
2. History and Ideology
3. Story and Example
4. Eschatological Vengeance
5. Violence and Hermeneutics

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