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Does the Bible Justify Violence? (Facets) [Paperback]

By John J. Collins (Author)
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Item description for Does the Bible Justify Violence? (Facets) by John J. Collins...

In this clarifying essay, renowned biblical scholar John Collins delves into the lethal side of the biblical text, asking whether the Bible endorses or even foments violence and how its many violent texts may best be understood in today's volatile religious and political context. This work is based on his Presidential Address to the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Renowned biblical scholar John J. Collins asks tough questions about the relationship between the portrayals of violence in the Bible and how they have been used throughout history. The Crusaders, Puritans, and abolitionists all used the Bible to justify their use of violence - and this process continues. In light of today's religious and political rhetoric, how shall we interpret these ancient documents? How can we understand the biblical stories, prophecies, and songs in their historical contexts and avoid making self-serving and even violent use of them?

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   56
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.14" Width: 4.4" Height: 0.19"
Weight:   0.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series  Facets  
ISBN  0800636899  
ISBN13  9780800636890  

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More About John J. Collins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John J. Collins (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. He has authored or edited thirty books, including Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Daniel (Hermeneia), and The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature. He has served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association, president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.
Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College and is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Mark, vol. 2 (Word Biblical Commentary), Jesus and His Contemporaries, and Noncanonical Writings and the New Testament.

John J. Collins has an academic affiliation as follows - Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale U.

John J. Collins has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Oxford Handbooks
  2. Semeia

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What the hell?  Nov 24, 2006
I bought this book and no joke, I am not kidding. Half of it is a Yellowstone national park guide for hikes, all I get is chapter 5 of this book. That is freaking stupid!! I have a paper due in my Old Testament class and now I can't use this freaking book... Moron printing company!!!
Short, but a good overview  Jan 4, 2005
Timely in its discussion of the relationship of religion and violence, Collins seeks understanding of the September 11th attacks. As mentioned above, Facets are "brief, brilliant treatments of vital aspects of faith and life." This book is a positive example: a little over 30 pages of work on the violence of the Bible and behavior it endorses. This work, however its length, gives a great overview on the subject and is remarkably researched for its length. Collins attempts to discuss the violence of the Bible and see how that influences Christian attitudes towards violence. He concludes that any responsible reading of the Bible must admit and struggle with violent passages, and also, the more certain you are of the Truth the more violent your reaction to those who disagree.

I think this small book would be very beneficial for a small group discussion or an adult Bible study on the matter.

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