As we continue through our Garden to City reading plan, our staff team will be sharing resources that help us answer some of the tough questions we come up against in the Bible. One of the hardest things to wrestle with in the scriptures and especially in the Old Testament is all the violence we encounter that seems divinely caused or at the very least, divinely allowed. What do we do with that?
This resource certainly doesn’t answer all of our questions but is a great place to start. This is an excerpt from L. Juliana Claassens, author and professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. As a women and professor of Old Testament studies she brings a unique perspective to the violence we encounter in some of our readings. It’s a lengthy reading but if it’s something you are interested we encourage you to check it out – God and Violence in the Prophets Claassens