Violence and the New Testament
Baker Academic, Paperback, 9780801039010, 178pp.
Publication Date: November 2011
Is the New Testament inherently violent? In this book a well-regarded New Testament scholar offers a balanced critical assessment of charges and claims that the Christian scriptures encode, instigate, or justify violence. Thomas Yoder Neufeld provides a useful introduction to the language of violence in current theological discourse and surveys a wide range of key ethical New Testament texts through the lens of violence/nonviolence. He makes the case that, contrary to much scholarly opinion, the New Testament is not in itself inherently violent or supportive of violence; instead, it rejects and overcomes violence. Published in the UK by SPCK as "Jesus and the Subversion of Violence: Wrestling with the New Testament Evidence."]
About the Author
Neufeld teaches New Testament and Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo.