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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801039010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801039010
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thomas Yoder Neufeld considers many of the New Testament's texts that might implicitly or explicitly condone violence of one kind or another. Though he concludes that these texts actually subvert violence, he does so without avoiding the very difficult questions they raise. Readers will be both disturbed and challenged by this timely book."
--Michael J. Gorman, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University

"Thomas Yoder Neufeld explores violence-related questions throughout the New Testament, including love of enemies, forgiveness, Jesus' prophetic act in the temple, the atonement, subordination, and divine warfare. His book stands out from other recent treatments of the topic because it deals honestly and clearly with the wide range of issues raised in the current debate while still holding to the texts as Scripture; it refuses to downplay the themes of judgment and vindication of the divine purposes; and it recognizes that the cultural, political, and confessional location of the interpreter plays a crucial role in how the texts are evaluated. Readers will find it an insightful and indispensable guide."
--Andrew T. Lincoln, University of Gloucestershire, England

"That certain rhetorical and theological features of the New Testament accounts can be read as endorsing or fomenting violence is undeniable; that this is how they ought to be read is quite another matter. In this crystal-clear and profoundly responsible analysis, Tom Yoder Neufeld shows how the New Testament writers speak realistically of and to the violence that pervades human experience while simultaneously declaring God's definitive conquest of violence through the death and resurrection of Christ. In setting forth this paradoxical and subversive truth, Yoder Neufeld exemplifies what it means to be a wise reader of Scripture today."
--Christopher Marshall, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Published in the United Kingdom by SPCK as Jesus and the Subversion of Violence: Wrestling with the New Testament Evidence

About the Author

Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld (Th.D., Harvard Divinity School) is professor of religious studies (New Testament) at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament and a commentary on Ephesians.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Mourn on August 1, 2013
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I found this book one of the most compelling presentations I have read for Scripture's central purpose in making all creation new. I appreciated the author's humble posture and tone throughout, observing the positions of others from a neutral vantage point for the most part. He draws together an impressive bibliography for this relatively short writing and uses some very trustworthy theologians. As a pastor I intend to keep this well indexed volume close at hand for reference.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Collin on January 14, 2013
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The author appears to be well qualified to write on the subject of violence in the New Testament. However, he tends to say things in a round about way. Often he doesn't make his point but points out flaws in other scholars arguments.In giving several different explanations and never making an argument I struggled to get through the book. He also tends to use extremely long sentences with complex words which gives off a sense of "I know more than the reader." This was likely not his intent; however,it made the book difficult to read. The book does give an idea of where to get more information on where to get better information on the subject.
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