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The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament's Troubling Legacy
Seibert, Eric A.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012 pp. x + 220. $23.00

Description: No one can read far in the Old Testament without encountering numerous acts of violence that are sanctioned in the text and attributed to both God and humans. Eric Seibert faces these challenges head-on by confronting the problem of "virtuous" violence and urging people to engage in an ethically responsible reading of these troublesome texts. He offers a variety of reading strategies designed to critique textually sanctioned violence, while still finding ways to use even the most difficult texts constructively, thus providing a desperately needed approach to the violence of Scripture that can help us live more peaceably in a world plagued by religious violence.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique

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Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Published 11/16/2013
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Eric A. Seibert, The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament's Troubling Legacy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by J. Dwayne Howell
Published 7/27/2013
Citation: J. Dwayne Howell, review of Eric A. Seibert, The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament's Troubling Legacy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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