VIRTUAL: Religious Life Seminar: The Violence of the Biblical God

 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 
3:00pm-4:00pm  
Virtual: Zoom

What are followers of the Prince of Peace to make of Old Testament texts that report God perpetrating and commanding violence? How are Christians to make sense of a God who in one testament commands people to wipe out the nations of Canaan, and in the other commands disciples to love one’s neighbor?

L. Daniel Hawk argues that the Bible does not present readers with black and white answers or categorical principles in response to the problem of violence. Instead, he proposes that the Bible invites readers into a profound conversation that highlights the complexity of living faithfully in a violent world.

This complexity, he urges, is presented most clearly in the way that the Bible tells the story of God’s decision to renew a violent world through relationships with chosen human partners. Following the Bible’s narrative closely, he reveals a God who, after identifying with a family and a nation, becomes increasingly entangled in the web of violence that configures a world gone bad.

Join Hawk for a new look at the way the biblical story challenges Christian readers to respond to the problem of violence in our times.

Hawk is Professor of Old Testament & Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio and an Elder in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He holds a B.A. from Otterbein College, M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and Ph.D. in Old Testament from Emory University.

Hawk has published widely in academic and popular venues, with a focus on the intersections of religion, ethnicity and violence in biblical narratives and their interpretation. He is the author of six books, including Joshua in 3-D: A Commentary on Biblical Conquest and Manifest Destiny and Ruth in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series. His latest book, The Violence of the Biblical God, explores the complex problem of divine violence through a theological reading of biblical narrative.

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August 2020
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