By Laura Truax
One of the themes we’ve continued to dance throughout our discussions has been the numbing accounts of OT violence. Sometimes Israel is killing because God told them, other times the Israelites are being killed because God told someone else to do so. Soon we are going to enter into exilic period – where the brutal regimes of Persia and Babylon will enslave the people because of God’s punishment.
Where does it stop? Is there some way of seeing this violence with a different set of eyes? Peter Enns, former professor of Westminister Seminary, and respected OT scholar has some good comments on his blog. It’s not an ending point – but it will get you thinking. That’s always a good thing.