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5.0 out of 5 stars A watershed in NT Theology, July 26, 2007
This review is from: Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics (Paperback)
If it seems as though concepts of peace, peacemaking, non-violence and pacifism have been consistently distilleded from, yet strangely absent from New Testament Theologies, well... they have. One could either argue that this is because these concepts (at least as understood by ethicists) are indeed not theologically apparent in the New Testament, or one could dare challenge, document, and illustrate the willful neglect of such concepts. The former has been no doubt attempted, yet the latter is precisely what Swartley does in "Covenant of Peace".

Imbued with a lifetime of scholarship, Swartley prophetically challenges the western theological tradition (that which has enjoyed political power) with an honest and thorough look at the message of the New Testament. His treatment builds upon much existent scholarship but with new eyes open to the shalom-project of God. Finally, a NT Theology that boldly states what much of Biblical scholoarship (thank you, Yoder) has been implying for years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource, April 19, 2009
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This review is from: Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics (Paperback)
This text was required reading for a class I took on The Bible and Peacemaking. It was my first exposure to Swartley's work, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He carefully traces peacemaking themes through each author in the New Testament. The chapters on 1 Peter, John 4, and Revelation stand out in my memory as being most insightful. If you've read J. H. Yoder, Walter Wink, or Stanley Hauwerwas, Swartley shares many of their views but approaches peacemaking themes in this work more from a biblical studies perspective than from an ethics perspective. It's a thick read, but well worth the investment, a unique contribution to New Testament scholarship in an area that has generally been neglected in biblical studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, June 21, 2013
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This review is from: Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics (Paperback)
It made me think about this often neglected aspect of NT theology. It has a detailed review of all references to 'peace' in the NT and the OT. I found the last part of the book rather heavy going.
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Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics
Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics by Willard M. Swartley (Paperback - April 11, 2006)
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