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  • Series: Studies in Peace and Scripture
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (June 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802847978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802847973
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mayhone on September 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Marshall's book is thoroughly enjoyable and incredibly insightful. It is the first book of its kind and examines the issue from a broad and well-informed perspective.

Marshall shows God's heart for reconciliaton and redemption convincingly and makes the Gospel sound like Good News for everyone.

The only thing that detracts from the book is that it is written for theological insiders and would be difficult for anyone not conversant with the issues he raises to engage with.

This book offers a significant and prophetic challenge to historical and contemporary penology, and should be required reading for all aspiring lawyers, pastors, and politicians.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is unique in that it brings the New Testament vision of Justice into direct and critical conversation with contemporary practices of punishing crime. It provides a rich resource for anyone convinced of the necessity of a turn from retributive justice to restorative justice. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Moseley on March 17, 2006
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Many Christians have been raised on a simplistic"an eye for an eye" theology. This book challenges one's thinking and theology about God's perspective of justice and mercy. God is still an advocate for the voiceless and powerless in our society. This book is a must read for any Christian that has a prison or jail ministry, a must read for any Pastor that ministers to the marginalized, and a must read for any Christian that believes in the God's Kingdom Coming on Earth as it is in Heaven.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Chu on June 4, 2011
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Many people view God as an immovable Judge administering inflexible justice. Worse still, the form of justice that most people talk about is a specific form of justice: Retributive Justice. Marshall has done us a huge favour by pointing out to us that biblical justice is far "beyond retribution".

For those who subscribe to the concept of God administering inflexible *retributive* justice, it is bad news that God is the perfect Judge. Indeed, who can stand before a perfectly retributive Judge who is bent on punishing every sinner with eternal damnation, separate from the presence of God?

Marshall, through his comprehensive and biblical study of the subject of justice, shows us what the Bible teaches about justice. Although the book is subtitled "A New Testament Vision for Justice ...", I think the subtitle is too limiting. In this study of biblical justice, Marshall refers frequently to the Old Testament as well.

The book is very practical, because it deals with how biblical justice should be applied in the real world. However, in my opinion, the heart of the book is in Chapter Two, "The Justice of God in Paul and Jesus." I find this chapter insightful and enlightening. Marshall, through his scholarly and biblical approach, opens my mind to understand, for the first time, how Paul and Jesus, being Jews, would view justice in the Hebrew and Old Testament tradition. He notes that biblical justice is "shalom-justice" (p. 45) and not the narrowly interpreted retributive justice of the western world which, in turn, is based heavily on Greco-Roman, not biblical, traditions.

This is a critical differentiation: justice for restoration of shalom (peace), or justice for retribution.
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