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THE BLOOD OF ABEL [Paperback]

By Mark McEntire (Author)
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Violence in the Bible has received a tremendous amount of attention in recent years. What has been lacking in many such studies is the kind of sustained exegesis of biblical texts that allows the Bible itself to set the agenda. This book begins with biblical texts and stays with them long enough to hear what they have to say, rather than using a collection of texts to support an argument. Part 1 traces the biblical story of Israel, focusing on tests at the turning points of the narrative. Violence enters the human community in the story of Cain and Abel. The thread of violence then runs through the entire biblical narrative. It appears prominently in texts where the status of Israel changes from free persons to slaves, to wanderers, to land-owning tribes, to citizens of a monarchy, to citizens of two monarchies, to exiles.

The interpretations of these passages expose their violent nature and then ask what they tell us about human violence. They reveal that violence is an inevitable part of human existence, which defies attempts to control it. They illustrate the ways violence alters the human identity, of both the victims and the perpetrators. Finally, these texts portray the ambiguous role of God in the midst of human violence.

Part 2 examines representative prophetic texts as responses to Israel's violent story, revealing that even these oracles accept the inevitability of violence and ultimately promote it. Even visions of peace and restoration are preceded by violent action which makes way for them. The conclusion looks at ways this concern about violence has shaped the Hebrew and Christian canons.

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Studio: Mercer University Press
Pages   181
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1999
Publisher   Mercer University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0865546290  
ISBN13  9780865546295  


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More About Mark McEntire


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark McEntire is Associate Professor of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the author of Dangerous Worlds: Living and Dying in Biblical Texts. Joel Emerson is the Associate Pastor at Brook Hollow Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in commercial music, Christian education and creative arts in ministry.

Mark McEntire currently resides in Franklin. Mark McEntire has an academic affiliation as follows - Belmont University School of Religion, Nashville.

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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts > Bible > Old Testament
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