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Holy Anger: Jacob, Job, Jesus
Basset, Lytta

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007 pp. 295. $28.00


Description: Anger plays an essential part in the faith life of all Christians. In the face of a Christianity filled with clichés of goodness and light, Holy Anger invites the reader to consider anger as something that can transform a potentially devastating energy into a force that brings about rebirth and reawakening. Anger is not something to be avoided; it is a gift from God. Lytta Basset looks at a number of instances of anger in the Bible. She studies Jacob’s struggle with the angel, Job’s reaction to his many tribulations, and Jesus’ reminder that he did not come to bring only peace. Basset shows how anger and violence form part of our complex understanding and experience of God. She presents and interprets key moments of “holy” anger in the Bible, and shows how this anger can result in human goodness and growth.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Wisdom Literature, Job, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology

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Review by Jutta Jokiranta
Published 4/11/2009
Citation: Jutta Jokiranta, review of Lytta Basset, Holy Anger: Jacob, Job, Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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