2.5: Why is there so much violence in the Bible?

In episode 5 of season 2, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Prof. Dick Nysse about the question, Why is there so much violence in the Bible?

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From Genesis to Revelation, violence seeps into the pages of Scripture. Why is it there, and what is God doing about it?

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Joshua 6:1–27
  • Psalm 13
  • Lamentations 5:22
  • Amos
  • Hosea
  • 2 Kings 25
  • Matthew 6:10
  • John 1:14

Biblical and theological concepts mentioned

  • Oracles against Non-Israelite Nations
  • Lament
  • Prayer of petition
  • Despair
  • Darkness
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday
  • Prophetic Preaching
  • Divine anger
  • Holiness of God
  • Justice of God
  • Holy Jealousy
  • God as warrior
  • “Simul iustus et Peccator”-Simultaneously Saint & Sinner

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by

Richard Nysse

Richard Nysse

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