Violent Biblical Texts: New Approaches
The thirteen articles included in this volume have been assembled for the specific purpose of offering explicitly religious perspectives on biblical violence from a globally diverse group of Christian scholars.
This volume is one of the fruits of a series of international conferences held at the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, Bristol. The thirteen articles included here have been assembled for the specific purpose of offering explicitly religious perspectives on biblical violence from a globally diverse group of Christian scholars.
Each author faces the challenge of how to interpret violent biblical texts in ways that remain situated within a Christian construct of the Bible. These raise major challenges—via ethically confounding texts—to providing a theologically coherent interpretation of biblical violence. Each writer, in turn, offers creative and constructive ways forward in dealing with the most problematic biblical material, based on two criteria:
• addressing a particular text or hermeneutical issue in view;
• advancing an approach that is applicable to other biblical texts.
The hermeneutical approaches are neither naïve nor sceptical but rather seek to off er innovative and fruitful avenues for interpreting the text from within the Christian religion.
This book offers a variety of resources to aid the interpretation from within a specifically Christian frame of reference. Of particular note is the round-table discussion, where three leading scholars in the study of the Canaanite conquest (Paul Copan, David Firth and William Ford) dialogue with one another on the subject, in a conversation moderated by Helen Paynter.
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INTRODUCTION: THE CONDITIONS OF INTERPRETATION AND THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE Trevor Laurence THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN: ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION Helen Paynter, Paul Copan, David Firth, and William Ford AN OLD TESTAMENT CRITIQUE OF MODERN VIOLENCE Matthew Lynch LIGHT AND SHADOW: INTERTEXTUAL INSIGHTS INTO CONQUEST, DELIVERANCE, AND COVENANT FAITHFULNESS Ashley Hibbard LAND, SEED, AND PROMISE: JACOB AS MISE EN ABYME TO ISRAEL Helen Paynter TAKING THE ABSURDITY SERIOUSLY: QUESTIONING THE COMPLICITY OF YHWH IN JUDGES 20–21 Brandon M. Hurlbert VIOLENT PRAYERS OF LOVE: AN ETHICAL (RE)ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPRECATORY PSALMS Trevor Laurence ‘LET SINNERS BE CONSUMED’: THE CURIOUS CONCLUSION OF PSALM 104 Trevor Laurence PROPHETIC MINISTRY IN JEREMIAH 20.7-18: ‘VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION’, AND PARADOXICAL HOPE FOR A SHATTERED COMMUNITY Lissa M. Wray Beal GREEN-EYED AND GROWING VERY ANGRY: AN INTERTEXTUAL READING OF MARITAL VIOLENCE IN EZEKIEL 23 Havilah Dharamraj NOT CRUCIFORM ENOUGH: GETTING OUR HERMENEUTICAL BEARINGS IN THE WAKE OF A BOYDIAN REINTERPRETATION Paul Copan FIRST THINGS FIRST: THE WHITE HORSE, ITS RIDER, AND THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION Stephen Finamore REDEEMING THE PROSTITUTE? BABYLON AND HER FATE IN REVELATION Helen Paynter Bibliography Index of References General Index