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Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence across the Testaments
Brenneman, Laura L. and Brad D. Schantz, editors

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014 pp. xxiv + 376. $44.00

Description: Struggles for Shalom is a collection of essays by biblical scholars about peace, justice, and violence in ancient Jewish and Christian texts, written to honor the life work of Mennonite scholars Perry B. Yoder and Willard M. Swartley. In this volume, twenty-three authors—colleagues, former students, friends, and others influenced by Yoder's and Swartley's scholarship—add to the honorees' work in appreciation for their shared focus on biblical texts' lessons of peace. Specific texts and topics include Eccl 3:1-9 and time for war, Ezek 14:12-23 and God's retribution, Luke 22:31-61 and Peter's sword, the temple cleansing episodes in John 2 and Mark 11, sectarianism and violence in manuscripts from the Dead Sea, violence in creation in the Hebrew Bible, Chronicles as utopian literature, peace and violence in Paul's writings, and globalization in biblical studies. This collection is diverse and ambitious. For church and academy, and for anyone curious about what Scripture has to say about peace and violence, this book delivers focused study of peace and violence across the Testaments.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Prophetic Literature, Wisdom Literature, Ecclesiastes/Qoheleth, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Luke, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Ethics, Ezekiel, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Jan Van Henten
Published 3/9/2016
Citation: Jan Van Henten, review of Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz, eds., Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence across the Testaments, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2016).

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