God and Violence in the Old Testament

  title={God and Violence in the Old Testament},
  author={Terence E. Fretheim},
he Old Testament has a reputation: it is a book filled with violence, including the violence of God. The New Testament commonly avoids such a charge; but it, too, is filled with violent words and deeds, and Jesus and the God of the New Testament are complicit in this violence. Yes, the Bible does often promote nonviolence; indeed, the basic eschatological reflections of the Old Testament are marked by visions of peace and nonviolence, extending even to the animal world (e.g., Isa 2:2–4; 65:17… CONTINUE READING