How to read the Bible and still be a Christian, struggling with divine violence from Genesis through Revelation, John Dominic Crossan
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  • How to read the Bible and still be a Christian, struggling with divine violence from Genesis through Revelation, John Dominic Crossan
Main title
  • How to read the Bible and still be a Christian
Sub title
  • struggling with divine violence from Genesis through Revelation
Responsibility statement
  • John Dominic Crossan
Language
  • eng
Summary
  • The acclaimed Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus and God and Empire -- "the greatest New Testament scholar of our generation" (John Shelby Spong) -- grapples with Scripture's two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith. Many portions of the New Testament, introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah -- and how can both be in the same Bible? How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian explores this question and offers guidance for the faithful conflicted over which version of the Lord to worship. John Dominic Crossan reconciles these contrasting views, revealing how different writers of the books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing. Often these books are explicitly competing against another, opposing vision of God from the Bible itself. Crossan explains how to navigate this debate and offers what he believes is the best central thread to what the Bible is all about. He challenges Christians to fully participate in this dialogue, thereby shaping their faith by reading deeply, reflectively, and in community with others who share their uncertainty. Only then, he advises, will Christians be able to read and understand the Bible without losing their faith
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-248) and indexes
Index
  • index present
Literary form
  • non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • dictionaries
OCLC Number
  • 900332685
Table of contents
  • Part I: Challenge -- Ending : a hymn to a savage God? -- Centering : the meaning in the middle? -- Part II. Civilization -- Conscience -- Violence -- Part III. Covenant -- Creation and covenant -- Blessing and curse -- Prophecy and prayer -- Wisdom and kingdom -- Part IV. Community -- Israel and the challenge of Rome -- Jesus and the radicality of God -- Christ and the normalcy of civilization -- Rome and the challenge of Caesar -- Paul and the radicality of Christ -- Paul and the normalcy of empire -- Epilogue : To outsoar the shadow of our night