The Vehement Jesus: Grappling with Troubling Gospel Texts
Neville, David J.
Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017 pp. xvii + 292. $36.00
Studies in Peace and Scripture: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 15
Description: The Vehement Jesus composes a fresh examination and interpretation of several perplexing passages in the Gospels that, at face value, challenge the conviction that the mission and message of Jesus were peaceful. Using narrative analysis and various forms of intratextual critique in the service of a hermeneutic of shalom, the author makes the case that Gospel portrayals of the vehement Jesus are compatible with, perhaps even indispensable to, the composite canonical portrait of Jesus as the Messiah of Peace. As a result, this exploration in New Testament theology and ethics makes an invaluable contribution to the crucial conversation about the role of Jesus' life and teaching in Christian reflection on the morality of violence today.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature
Review by Hector Avalos
Citation: Hector Avalos, review of David J. Neville, The Vehement Jesus: Grappling with Troubling Gospel Texts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).
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