The violent texts that can be found in the Bible are not few and understandably receive considerable criticism in the popular public and ethicists alike. For the modern humanistic moral sense, these texts are an affront to humanity. For a Bible-believing Christian, however, dealing with such criticism is not the only challenge. Typical conservative Christian criticism, with its obvious argumentative flaws, is also problematic and should be made subject to critical scrutiny. Into this field of tension, Webb and Oeste’s work blows a surprisingly fresh breeze. The authors manage to reevaluate even the most difficult texts on violence in an unapologetic way, with ethical sensitivity, biblical-theological astuteness, and in dialogue with the current state of research. The fact that the two colleagues from Tyndale Seminary succeed in this is due to their ability—which they have already demonstrated on several occasions—to deal with difficult topics in an appropriate and, where necessary,...
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Book Review| October 27 2021
Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric? Wrestling with Troubling War Texts.
Webb, William J. and Oeste, Gordon K..
Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric? Wrestling with Troubling War Texts.Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2019. Pp. 397. ISBN 978-0-8308-5249-9. $45.00 paper.
Bulletin for Biblical Research (2021) 31 (3): 416–419.
Oliver Glanz; Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric? Wrestling with Troubling War Texts.. Bulletin for Biblical Research 27 October 2021; 31 (3): 416–419. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/bullbiblrese.31.3.0416
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