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Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible
Smith-Christopher, Daniel L.

Nashville: Abingdon, 2007 pp. xxii + 194. $20.00


Description: Smith-Christopher shows us that biblical peacemaking recognizes and then crosses—or “runs”—borders. All too often, borders and other imaginary lines drawn between groups of people have a way of becoming the basis for conflict, bigotry, and ultimately, war. Danger signs are evident when people use “borders” to talk about the goodness of everyone within “our” border, and the evil of everyone “over there.” Modern social commentators use the phrase “the other” to refer to the tendency of human groups to develop a positive image of themselves by contrasting it with negative images of others. Smith-Christopher states that when this happens, it is important for us to remind ourselves that it is a profoundly biblical lesson that making peace between groups of people often requires that somebody must be willing to intentionally cross the “borders” that separate groups. In this book, he argues that the Bible teaches Christians that they are this somebody. Crossing boundaries is a biblical mandate, and the foundation of peacemaking.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology

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Review by Hector Avalos
Published 9/6/2008
Citation: Hector Avalos, review of Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Joel Stephen Williams
Published 5/8/2013
Citation: Joel Stephen Williams, review of Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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