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The Problem of War in the Old Testament [Paperback]

By Peter C. Craigie (Author)
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Pages   126
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.88" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2002
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1579108830  
EAN  9781579108830  

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The predominance of war in the Old Testament troubles many Christians. However it is an issue that must be faced, says Peter C. Craigie, because it has serious ramifications for contemporary Christian attitudes about war. Craigie categorizes the problems into two kinds --- personal and external. The personal problems arise from the Christian's attempt to grapple with the emphasis on war in a book fundamental to faith. Three areas are considered here: the representation of God as warrior; God's revelation of himself in a book which preserves an extensive amount of war literature; and the seemingly conflicting ethics taught in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The external problems are critiques against the Bible and the Christian faith, based on the war-like nature of the Old Testament and the close association between Christianity and war throughout history. Only by examining and understanding the problem of war in the Old Testament will Christians be able to respond intelligently to attacks on their faith, to educate their youth in the nature of war, and to influence modern attitudes toward war.

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More About Peter C. Craigie

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter C. Craigie was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Calgary and was at work on the WBC volume on Jeremiah 1-25 at the time of his untimely death in September, 1985. He also has written The Book of Deuteronomy (Eerdmans and Hodder & Stoughton, 1976) and The Problem of War in the Old Testament (Eerdmans, 1978), as well as numerous articles on Ugaritic studies. Professor Craigie received the M.A. in Semitic languages from the University of Edinburgh, the Dip. Theol. from the University of Durham, the M.Th. from the University of Aberdeen, and the Ph.D. from McMaster University.

Peter C. Craigie has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Daily Study Bible (Westminster Hardcover)
  2. Daily Study Bible (Westminster Paperback)
  3. New International Commentary on the Old Testament
  4. Word Biblical Commentary

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Slow and inconclusive - but still worth the read  Sep 24, 2006
Craigie does well to articulate the various aspects of the problem of war. Unfortunately, he consumes too many pages doing so. Expect a drawn out and slow read throughout the first half of the book. Moreover, readers expecting to be handed an answer will be disappointed. In the end Craigie is inconclusive by his own admission.

Now the good news: There are genuine jewels of insight along the way. Scattered amidst the author's many reflections, these nuggets are more a primer to further thought than direct answers to the problem at hand. Regardless, Craigie is a good supplement for the careful thinker struggling with this issue.

Oh Yeah, Genocides can be justified  Oct 12, 2004
Just another Judeo-christian apologetic's desperate attempt to rationalize the genocidal and vengeful face of God. If those crimes against humanity can be justified, then 911 is also perfectly reasonable and acceptable! Come to think of it, Osama Bin Laden had murdered far far less human beings than Jehovah/Yahweh/God Almighty Himself. Anyone disagree?
Find a Copy!  Apr 18, 2002
This is a treasure. It helps one sort out one of the oft-quoted critiques of the OT: "It's violent, whereas the NT is love. There is all that war and God telling His people Israel to wage war and take actual, physical lives.

Craigie aptly and ably shows the theme throughout the Scriptures of Yahweh Sabaoth, the Ultimate Warrior, and the carryover to the new.

There are just outstanding conclusions here, e.g. "War is a large-scale manifestation of the nature of man." "God has participated in warfare towards the ends of both judgment and redemption."

Gems to be gleaned from this work, some of which may also be found in his commentary on Deuteronomy.


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