Upon re-reading the episode in Luke 22, I’m reminded of Jesus’ willingness to share a meal with a known enemy, one from his most intimate circle who had turned against him: ‘The one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table’ (Luke 22:21).
The sword clearly holds symbolic power for the narrator. It’s a symbol of God’s assured victories and the complete destruction of Canaanites.
The concern to address violence in Scripture derives from at least four primary sources. First, within the church, there is an increasing move toward authenticity as an ideal, or even a virtue, for Christian community.
For a recent WTCLive event, I interviewed NT Wright on his recent books Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Fortress/SPCK, 2013), Paul and His Recent Interpreters (Fortress/SPCK, 2015), and The Paul Debate (Baylor University Press/SPCK, 2015). That was a lot to cover in one event, but it was fun. Enjoy the video, and for more […]
(on fixing the problems of violence and wrath in the Bible) When preparing to teach on violence in the Old Testament recently I was reminded of a book review I once read. The reviewer recounted his neighbour’s efforts to remove a grease stain from his garage floor. The neighbour dumped a few gallons of gasoline […]
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has a truly ambitious vision of interfaith respect, peace, and mutual blessing in his recent book Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. I don’t wish here to give an overview or critical review of his book, but instead, I want to share an important and tantalizingly provocative theme he explores […]
The Incarnation… The incarnation forms the climactic turning point of sacred history. The high point in the grand biblical drama of redemption involved the self-emptying descent of God in Jesus. For many, the incarnation may seem like a 33-year anomaly in the life of God. The God who is otherwise transcendent or at least invisible […]
This is the second in a two-part interview with Matthew Bates on his recent book The Birth of the Trinity (find the first part HERE) Matt Bates [MB]: Matt, since you’ve read it, I’ll return the question to you? What surprised you most? Anything seem particularly significant to you in addition to what I’ve already […]
In this post, I interview Matthew W. Bates about his recent book, The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament (Oxford University Press, 2015). Matt received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame, and has served for the past four years as Assistant Professor of […]
How can a just God keep extending mercy? At first blush, this may seem like an ideal problem to have. We all want more of God’s mercy, right?