God and Violence in the Old Testament

Terence E. Fretheim

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/2004

Issue: Violence (Vol. 24, No 1, Winter, 2004)

The Bible, in both Old Testament and New, speaks candidly about violence, both human violence and divine violence. We must take the reports of God's violence seriously, over against ourselves, while also exercising the appropriate critique already begun by people within the Bible itself. Finally, we will see that, in everything, including violence, God seeks to accomplish loving purposes.

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