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Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics [Paperback]

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Pages   542
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2006
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  0802829376  
EAN  9780802829375  


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One would think that peace, a term that occurs as many as one hundred times in the New Testament, would enjoy a prominent place in theology and ethics textbooks. Yet it is surprisingly absent. Willard Swartley's Covenant of Peace remedies this deficiency, restoring to New Testament theology and ethics the peace that many works have missed. In this comprehensive yet accessible book Swartley explicates virtually all of the New Testament, relating peace - and the associated emphases of love for enemies and reconciliation - to core theological themes such as salvation, christology, and the reign of God. No other work in English makes such a contribution. Swartley concludes by considering specific practices that lead to peacemaking and their place in our contemporary world. Retrieving a historically neglected element in the Christian message, Covenant of Peace confronts readers anew with the compelling New Testament witness to peace.

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One would think that peace, a term that occurs as many as one hundred times in the New Testament, would enjoy a prominent place in theology and ethics textbooks. Yet it is surprisingly absent. Willard Swartley's Covenant of Peace remedies this deficiency, restoring to New Testament theology and ethics the peace that many works have missed. In this comprehensive yet accessible book Swartley explicates virtually all of the New Testament, relating peace -- and the associated emphases of love for enemies and reconciliation -- to core theological themes such as salvation, christology, and the reign of God. No other work in English makes such a contribution. Swartley concludes by considering specific practices that lead to peacemaking and their place in our contemporary world. Retrieving a historically neglected element in the Christian message, Covenant of Peace confronts readers anew with the compelling New Testament witness to peace.

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One would think that "peace," a term that occurs as many as a hundred times in the New Testament, would enjoy a prominent place in theological and ethical textbooks. But it is surprisingly absent. "Covenant of Peace" seeks to restore to New Testament theology and ethics the peace that many standard texts have missed.

In this accessible volume, Willard Swartley explicates virtually all of the New Testament, relating peace -- and the related emphases of love for enemies, non-retaliation, and reconciliation -- to core theological themes such as salvation, Christology, and the reign of God. No other book in English makes this contribution. Swartley concludes by considering practices that lead to peacemaking and what place these might have in our contemporary world.

Remedying a historical deficiency in biblical scholarship, Swartley's book beckons us to hear the compelling New Testament witness to peace.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Willard M. Swartley (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor emeritus of New Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He formerly served as its dean and acting president and is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church. Swartley has published several books and numerous academic articles and reviews.

Willard M. Swartley currently resides in the state of Indiana. Willard M. Swartley was born in 1936.

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excellent resource  Apr 19, 2009
This text was required reading for a class I took on The Bible and Peacemaking. It was my first exposure to Swartley's work, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He carefully traces peacemaking themes through each author in the New Testament. The chapters on 1 Peter, John 4, and Revelation stand out in my memory as being most insightful. If you've read J. H. Yoder, Walter Wink, or Stanley Hauwerwas, Swartley shares many of their views but approaches peacemaking themes in this work more from a biblical studies perspective than from an ethics perspective. It's a thick read, but well worth the investment, a unique contribution to New Testament scholarship in an area that has generally been neglected in biblical studies.
 
A watershed in NT Theology  Jul 26, 2007
If it seems as though concepts of peace, peacemaking, non-violence and pacifism have been consistently distilleded from, yet strangely absent from New Testament Theologies, well... they have. One could either argue that this is because these concepts (at least as understood by ethicists) are indeed not theologically apparent in the New Testament, or one could dare challenge, document, and illustrate the willful neglect of such concepts. The former has been no doubt attempted, yet the latter is precisely what Swartley does in "Covenant of Peace".

Imbued with a lifetime of scholarship, Swartley prophetically challenges the western theological tradition (that which has enjoyed political power) with an honest and thorough look at the message of the New Testament. His treatment builds upon much existent scholarship but with new eyes open to the shalom-project of God. Finally, a NT Theology that boldly states what much of Biblical scholoarship (thank you, Yoder) has been implying for years.

 

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