Divine Violence and the Character of God – Contents







Below is the Table of Contents for my forthcoming book, Divine Violence and the Character of God.

Foreword by Scot McKnight | ix
Acknowledgments | xi
Abbreviations | xiv
Introduction | xv


1 The God of the Old Testament | 3
2 Divine Violence in the Old Testament | 16
3 Understanding Divine Violence | 35
4 Dealing With Divine Violence | 49
5 Divine Violence and the Suffering of God | 57
6 Divine Violence and Divine Pathos | 68
7 The Character of God | 83


8 Divine Justice | 101
9 The Problem of Idolatry | 113
10 “The Day I Settle Accounts” | 128
11 The Case of the Twelve Spies | 136
12 The Alien Work of God | 148
13 The Genocidal God | 156
14 The Practice of Ripping Open Pregnant Women | 171
15 The Cannibal Mothers | 180
16 The Righteous Judge and the Fate of Sodom | 197
17 Yahweh Rejects Violence | 210
18 The Nonviolent Conquest of Canaan | 226
19 The Conquest of Canaan | 242


20 God Reconciling the World By Himself | 271
21 God Reconciling the World Through Israel | 289
22 God Reconciling the World Through Restored Israel | 310
23 God Reconciling the World Through Renewed Israel | 331
24 The Warrior God and His Death on the Cross | 350

Postscript | 372

Bibliography | 379

In his recommendation of Divine Violence and the Character of God, William D. Shiell, President of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote: “In this extraordinary book [emphasis added], Mariottini shows how the warrior God of Mount Sinai is consistent with the grace and mercy revealed in Jesus Christ. Instead of avoiding or excusing Old Testament stories of violence and multigenerational suffering, Mariottini explains difficult passages and corrects popular English translations. . . . This volume is a valuable resource to any pastor or teacher wrestling with suffering in the Bible and the world today.”

Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary and the author of more than 60 books, wrote the Foreword to the book. McKnight said that Divine Violence and the Character of God is “a fantastic book” [emphasis added]. McKnight’s endorsement reflects the sentiment of those who read a pre-publication draft of the book.

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Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to Divine Violence and the Character of God – Contents

  1. Héctor M. says:

    Hello Dr. Claude: This sounds fantastic; some time ago I wrote something about “the problem of war in OT”, different kinds of war: holy war and fair war. Your book is a good input to the studies of this thematic in the OT. In God´s love Hector Molano ________________________________


    • Hector,

      Thank you for your comment. So far, all those who have read the book say that this is a good book. I hope you like the book as much as others have. You should receive your book in February. Let me know when you receive it.

      Claude Mariottini


  2. llamapacker says:

    I just had an email from an atheist who wrote of the violence and railed on the murder of women and children commanded by God who barred Moses from entering the Promised Land for striking a stone. I hope your book helps work through this challenge. I am currently enjoying reading your translation articles, so am finding your site very informative and enjoyable.


    • Dear Friend,

      I addressed this very issue in my book. The problem with divine violence is that many people do not accept the fact that there is divine justice for evildoers in the same way there is human justice for evildoers.

      The purpose of my articles on translation problems is to show that translating the Bible is no easy task.

      Thank you for your comment and thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


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