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Module overview

Session Headings

  • Is this the Word of the Lord? Texts of Terror in the Hebrew Bible
  • But it’s Supposed to be Good News! Violent Texts in the Christian Testament
  • The Bible Critiques itself: The Counter Witness
  • Jesus and Active Non-Violence
  • Re-Visioning a Different Culture: Towards a Culture of Peace

Module Objectives:

  1. To become more critically aware of the Bible as a text in dispute, especially in relation to violence and peace.
  2. To shape reading strategies and interpretative approaches that will deal critically with texts of violence in the Bible.
  3. To develop a deeper awareness and appreciation of the Bible’s own rigorous critique of the mystique of violence.
  4. To enable the re-visioning of a radically different and alternative culture of peace.

Further Reading:

  • Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth, (Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd. 2005).
  • Walter Bruggemann, Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997).
  • J. Nelson Kraybill, Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2010).
  • Johnston McMaster, Overcoming Violence: An Irish History and Theology of Violence. An Alternative Future (Forthcoming 2012).
  • Barbara R. Rossing, The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, (New York: Basic Books, 2004).
  • Glen H. Stassen and David P. Gushee, Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2003).
  • Phyllis Trible, Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984).