God and Violence: Biblical Resources for Living in a Small World

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Patricia M. McDonald argues that many biblical stories, read as part of a canon from Genesis to Revelation, contain resouces for turning violence to service of God and humanity.

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"Throughout God and Violence, Patricia McDonald never forsakes the particulars of the text. This marks one of the book's strong qualities, for it is Scripture that properly forms our thinking and speaking of God, and it is Scripture that routinely troubles our thought, speech, and action. At the same time, McDonald does not lose sight of the pressing questions that contemporary readers may have about, or may pose to, the Bible-especially those readers devoted to peace and peacemaking." -Ben C. Ollenburger, from the Foreword

From the medieval crusades to the latest violence in the Middle East,warriors have long claimed the Bible's support for their battles. Patricia McDonald argues that many biblical stories, read as part of a canon from Genesis to Revelation, contain resources for turning violence to service of God and humanity. As varied and complex as life itself, these narratives can provide us with imaginative possibilities and steady motivation to move beyond the narrow defensiveness and self-interest that are becoming ever more problematic in an increasingly interconnected world.

"McDonald denies nothing of the violence present in the Bible, however, by careful, canonical reading she shows the ways in which violence in the Bible is characteristically overstated. This book is an act of courage that invites a wide and thoughtful reading." -Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

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Patricia M. McDonald is a lecturer in New Testament at Ushaw College, Durham, England. She taught in the theology department at Mount Saint Mary's College for 12 years. A native of Scarborough, Yorkshire, McDonald belongs to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

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