By John T. Fitzgerald, Fika J. van Rensburg, Herrie F. van Rooy

ISBN-10: 1589834011

ISBN-13: 9781589834019

Animosity in its numerous types, together with enmity, warfare, murder, family violence, spiritual hostility, and retaliation, is a perennial challenge that has plagued each type of interpersonal and foreign dating because the sunrise of human lifestyles. The essays during this quantity, delivering views from 3 continents, research how animosity is known and awarded within the biblical textual content and its old and literary contexts. The authors realize even as that the Bible itself and the way it's been used have occasionally contributed to the matter of animosity and hence search to glean any insights that would deal with this challenge within the modern global, which at the present time is a urgent worldwide challenge. The individuals are Henk Bakker, Paul B. Decock, John T. Fitzgerald, J. J. Fritz Kr??ger, Outi Lepp?¤, Dirk G. van der Merwe, Marius Nel, Eric Peels, Jeremy Punt, Fika J. van Rensburg, Rainer G. H. Reuter, Herrie F. van Rooy, Eben Scheffler, and Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman.

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Yahweh, however, puts limits to the spirit of violence: look to the mark of Cain! Von Rad formulates 51. ). 52. 4 above. 53. Von Rad, Theologie der geschichtlichen Überlieferungen Israels; see also idem, Das erste Buch Mose: Genesis (ATD; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1972), 117; Horst Dietrich Preuss, Israels Weg mit JHWH (vol. 2 of Theologie des Alten Testaments; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1992), 185, 283. 54. Friedemann W. Golka, “Keine Gnade für Kain,” in Werden und Wirken des Alten Testaments: Festschrift für Claus Westermann zum 70.

60 The starting point of the first explanation is the very fact of the absence of an explicit motivation of God’s choice itself. Westermann is the most prominent representative of this way of thinking. According to him, in this regard we cannot but talk about God’s inscrutability.

29 In this respect, the issue should be pressed even further, especially in view of the misuse of the Old Testament in the justification of war. Because the notion to “love one’s enemy” (implying not passivity but proactive interventions or concrete acts of love that counter and eradicate hatred) is so closely related to Jesus of Nazareth (especially Matt 5:43–44, contra Luke’s version), the idea of love for the enemy is often regarded as being absent in the Old Testament (an impression created by Marcion’s views).

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