Shelf Life Book Review: Holy War in the Bible

Matthew James Hamilton

Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem
InterVarsity Press, 2013

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Most of us have struggled to understand the biblical passages that depict a God of war. The editors of Holy War in the Bible address these Old and New Testament passages as well as the theological issues that result from common misinterpretations of the text.

This resource includes 14 essays divided into six categories. The first three address the challenge of holy war for Christian morality, as well as Old and New Testament perspectives on war. The last three categories address biblical-theological, ethical, philosophical, and theological perspectives on holy war. The volume also contains a useful list of selected references for further study.

Individual essays cover topics ranging from the crusades, interpreting the conquest narratives in Joshua, peacemaking in the 20th century, understanding divine justice in the book of Revelation, and dealing with the New Atheist understandings of a wrathful God. This is an excellent resource for the scholar, student, pastor, or Bible student who seeks to know more about the concept of holy war in the Bible.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 5 No. 6