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God and Violence: Biblical Resources for Living in a Small World [Paperback]

By Patricia M. McDonald (Author)
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Pages   374
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.11 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 28, 2004
Publisher   Herald Pr
ISBN  0836192699  
EAN  9780836192698  


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From the Medieval Crusades to the latest violence in the Middle East, warriors have long claimed the Bible's support for their battles. This book argues that many biblical stories, read as part of a canon from Genesis to Revelation, contain resources for turning violence to service of God and humanity. As varied and complex as life itself, these narratives can provide us with imaginative possibilities and steady motivation to move beyond the narrow defensiveness and self-interest that are becoming ever more problematic in an increasingly interconnected world.

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From the medieval crusades to the latest violence in the Middle East, warriors have long claimed the Bible's support for their battles. Patricia M. McDonald argues that many biblical stories, read as part of a canon from Genesis to Revelation, contain resources for turning violence to service of God and humanity. As varied and complex as life itself, these narratives can provide us with imaginative possibilities and steady motivation to move beyond the narrow defensiveness and self-interest that are becoming ever more problematic in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! McDonald is a lecturer in New Testament at Ushaw College, Durham, England. She taught in the theology department at Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland for twelve years. A native of Scarborough, Yorkshire, she belongs to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

Patricia M. McDonald was born in 1946.

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Solid ideas but methodologically problematic  Jan 3, 2005
McDonald seeks to offer a counter-perspective to those biblical scholars who see the Bible as more violent than peace-promoting. McDonald examines texts that are violent and shows that the violence of certain passages can be taken out of proportion. McDonald recognizes that violent passages exist in the Bible, but she attempts to qualify the level of violence in certain passages. McDonald specifically looks at passages in Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Judges, Isaiah, the Gospel of Mark, and Revelation. From these 'violent' passages, McDonald takes on peace promoting views that have textual, personal, cultural, and evangelical implications. McDonald's studies of these passages are provocative and methodically disected. At some points, McDonalds explanations seem naive and erroneous, but, overall, this does not take away from her endeavour.

Methodologically, I have two problems with her work. First, from the outset she establishes that we live in a violent society and that scripture can contribute to that violence. McDonald, however, never adequately defines violence, and leaves the term ambiguous throughout her book. Good scholarship defines its terms at the beginning, and I did not feel McDonald did this.

Second, Johnson does not discuss every passage that endorses violence in the Bible. She asserts that to do this would be over burdensome. While I agree that this would be the case, the problem ensues on how she picks and chooses what passages to discuss. She never tells us why she chooses certain passages and why she neglects other passages. For this reason, we left at her mercy not to impose her agenda on us. I do not think that McDonald is being intentionally disinginuous, but at the same time, I would have been less suspicious of her work had she clarified her choices more thoroughly.

Overall, I think this work is solid and definately worth reading. At the same time, the reader should be aware of flaws in her methodology.
 

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