Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Many people today have strong reactions to the texts in the Old Testament that depict God acting violently by commanding his people to kill men, women, and children, by exacting vengeance against his enemies, and by bringing severe judgment upon people who fail to obey his commandments. According to Freeman (1995: 6), people who present the God of ancient Israel as a projection of savagery, see him as “a god of brutality and bloodshed, of violence and vengeance; capricious with his favorites, vicious toward his foes, insatiable in his demands for human sacrifice, ungovernable in his outbreaks of petulant wrath.”

In his book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament’s Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross, Gregory Boyd studies these acts of divine violence in light of the cross. Boyd emphasizes that texts depicting a violent God are not accurate representations of God…

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