Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict
Shapiro, Elayne J. and Carol J. Dempsey
Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2011 pp. x + 229. $26.00
Theology in Dialogue
Description: An interaction between biblical studies and communication studies that demonstrates how understanding situations of conflict in the Bible can help develop skills in dealing with conflict today. Each of eleven chapters presents a biblical story (from Adam and Eve through the letters of Paul) that examines some aspect of conflict intrapersonal, interpersonal, or between humans and God. Each chapter takes up a particular theme the nature of conflict, the role of identity, the need for forgiveness, the use of power, the potential of mediation, the skills of negotiation, the possibility of reconciliation with the goal of helping students learn how to be in right relationship with one another and with God. Each chapter includes discussion questions, suggested readings, and sidebars to form an attractive text for undergraduates and general readers. Accessible language and tools to engage students are used throughout.
Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology
Review by Joel Stephen Williams
Citation: Joel Stephen Williams, review of Elayne J. Shapiro and Carol J. Dempsey, Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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