Dealing with the Violence of God

The aim of my book Divine Violence and the Character of God is to have a dialogue with people who struggle with the violence of God. People who struggle with the violent God emphasize texts that deal with God’s wrath, his involvement with the slaughter of men, women, and children, and other acts of violence. They believe that the true nature of God was revealed in the death of Jesus on the cross. They emphasize that Jesus taught a message of nonviolence, a message exhorting his disciples to love their enemies. They believe that texts depicting a violent God do not represent the true God, the God of the New Testament.

In my book Divine Violence and the Character of God I reveal a different side of the God of the Old Testament. The God of the Old Testament, who is also the God of the New Testament, is a God who is merciful and gracious even in the midst of violence. I also deal with the paradox that Israel believed in a God who saves and in a God who judges.

Divine Violence and the Character of God will be published on February 1, 2022. The publishers are offering a 40% discount on pre-publication orders. If you want to buy a copy of “Divine Violence and the Character of God” with 40% discount send an email to In the subject line write: Divine Violence.

This discount will be available only on pre-publication orders and expires om January 31, 2022. Once the book is published, the 40% discount will no longer be available.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to Dealing with the Violence of God

  1. spiritplumber says:

    Did you ever play the Doom games, particularly the last two? I’m not being snarky here, their theology is interesting.


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