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Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture
Sparks, Kenton L.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012 pp. xii + 180. $20.00


Description: The Bible is a religious masterpiece. Its authors cast a profound vision for the healing of humanity through the power of divine love, grace and forgiveness. But the Bible also contains "dark texts" that challenge our ethical imagination. How can one book teach us to love our enemies and also teach us to slaughter Canaanites? Why does a book that preaches the equality of all people -- male and female, slave and free, Greek and Jew -- also include laws that permit God's people to trade in slaves and to persecute those of a different faiths or ethnicities? In Sacred Word, Broken Word Kenton Sparks argues that the "dark side" of Scripture is not an illusion. Rather, these dark texts remind us that all human beings, including the biblical authors, stand in need of God's redemptive solution in Jesus Christ.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics


Review by Hector Avalos
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Published 9/24/2013
Citation: Hector Avalos, review of Kenton L. Sparks, Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Joel Stephen Williams
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Published 9/24/2013
Citation: Joel Stephen Williams, review of Kenton L. Sparks, Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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