2.59: Why 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?


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

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Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by

Richard Nysse

Richard Nysse

Hosted By:

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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