Divine Presence Amid Violence Paperback
Contextualizing the book of Joshua
by Walter Bruggemann;
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Divine Presence Amid Violence
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In this readable little book Walter Brueggemann proposes a way of receiving some of these troubling texts as contaning genuine divine revelation. He takes Joshua chapter 11 as a case study and shows how we might hear a challenging word from God to his people today through its violent story.
Divine Presence Amid Violence by Walter Bruggemann was published by Paternoster Press in July 2009 and is our 20006th best seller. The ISBN for Divine Presence Amid Violence is 9781842276600.
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Divine Presence Amid ViolenceDiane Morrison, via The Good Book Stall
A slim but densely packed volume for serious scholars of the Bible, featuring a sometimes distracting array of references to philosophers, historians, anthropologists and linguistic experts, and almost impossible to encapsulate in a short review. The author concentrates on Joshua 11, which enables him to take a somewhat narrow view of apparent God-ordained violence. In this chapter God’s only specific mandate of destruction is against ‘chariots and horses’ – instruments of power and oppression used by the totalitarian, hierarchical and monopolistic local system of government against the ‘anti-monarchic peasant movement’ that was Israel at the time. The wholesale slaughter of the people was the response of the Israelites themselves. Thus God is ‘a relentless opponent of human oppression’ – a God of justice and freedom, not necessarily advocating ethnic cleansing, but inscrutably aligned against communities of domination ‘working through hardness of heart until the whole enterprise collapses’ – a conclusion difficult to dispute while considering the current state of the world.
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|Page last updated||29th August 2016|
|Author / Artist||Walter Bruggemann|
|Publisher||Paternoster Press (July 2009)|