The Old Testament Roots of Nonviolence

The Old Testament Roots of Nonviolence

by Philip E. Friesen

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Overview

The Old Testament Roots of Nonviolence brings together a number of issues, showing how they fit together in one exciting story. These issues are:
1. War and Peace
2. The Great Commission (being missional)
3. Social justice and social change over time in the biblical setting

This book reveals the continuity of the Old and New Testaments in the development of these three major themes over millenniums of time in the unfolding biblical story of God's creation, tough love, and redemption of the social order. It presents biblical faith as a providentially guided process in the community of faith resulting in global social change that can be observed and described as yeast in bread or seeds in soil as Jesus taught.


""Many seem to think that the non-violent, enemy-loving God revealed in Jesus Christ is altogether different from the God depicted in the Old Testament. With care and insight Philip Friesen demonstrates the fallacy of this type of thinking. While God had to make significant concessions to work with the ancient Israelites, he has always been a God of non-violence. Throughout the Old Testament, Friesen argues, God was laying the foundation for the full revelation of himself in Jesus. I heartily recommend this book for all who take Jesus' message of non-violence seriously.""
--Greg Boyd author of The Myth of a Christian Religion and Letters From a Skeptic

""Philip E. Friesen draws from a rich and varied background to author The Old Testament Roots of Nonviolence. He employs the lotus imagery to accomplish this purpose, initially concerning the soil: exploring our fallen social order. Subsequently, regarding the root: Abraham's faith in God's trustworthiness, the stem: the monarchy and prophetic tradition, the flower: with Jesus' fulfillment, and growing seeds: as applicable to history and missions. It qualifies as a creative and provocative study.""
--Morris Inch
Wheaton College, Emeritus

""Can the Bible be a source for real social change in our contemporary broken world? Yes! Faithful to the biblical text, clearly written, explicitly Anabaptist, and moving beyond the theoretical to the practical, Friesen traces the human-divine interaction through the Old and New Testaments, noting where humanity's choices have led us closer to and further from God's vision for peace and social justice. Friesen's unique approach reaffirms our prayer, 'Thy Kingdom Come,' in these uncertain times.""
--Steven Schweitzer
Bethany Theological Seminary
Richmond, Indiana


Philip Friesen is a life-long teacher and missionary with experience on four continents in a variety of cultures. He serves at Stadium Village Church in ministry to the international community of scholars and their families at the University of Minnesota. Philip is also the Global Perspectives Fellow and Co-director of the Galilean Fellows, a meeting of scholars in Minneapolis committed equally to scholarship and mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606089361
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2010
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Philip Friesen is a life-long teacher and missionary with experience on four continents in a variety of cultures. He serves at Stadium Village Church in ministry to the international community of scholars and their families at the University of Minnesota. Philip is also the Global Perspectives Fellow and Co-director of the Galilean Fellows, a meeting of scholars in Minneapolis committed equally to scholarship and mission.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

List of Abbreviations xvii

Introduction xix

Section I The Soil

1 Paul and the Fallen Social Order 3

The Reason for Social Decline

The Basis for Social Renewal

The Place of Human Government in Romans

2 The Genesis Story Parallel to Paul's Description 11

The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men

Locus of Authority

Knowing Good and Evil

3 The Laws of God and the Laws of Men 24

The Law of God

Patriarchy, the Law of Men

Monarchy, the Law of Men Expanded

Section II The Seed

4 The Faith of Abraham 37

God's Trustworthiness in a Violent World

Confronting Patriarchy-One man/one woman

Ishmael and Isaac-An Issue Unresolved

Hagar and the Justice of God

Human Sacrifice

Preparing to Confront the Monarchy-Brothers in Harmony

Section III The Root

5 Moses' Social Vision 59

A Nation of Priests

Kingship Regulations

Warfare in Israel

Conclusion

Section IV The Stem

6 Moses' Vision and the Other Prophets 71

Judges, David, and the Monarchy

Peace and Justice in the Prophets

Elijah

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Section V The Flower

7 Jesus' Fulfillment of the Vision 83

Implementation of the Vision and Peace on Earth

New Rules for Engaging the Enemy

Becoming a Nation of Priests: Real Social Change

Section VI Growing Seeds

8 An Adequate Social Gospel of the Kingdom for Mission 99

Slavery, Race, and War

The Historic Anabaptist Contribution

Believable Evidence

A Different Game by Different Rules

Peace Belongs to the Gospel: Why and When to Be a Pacifist

9 One Gospel, Many Peoples 127

All Is One: Believable Evidence for Buddhists

God Is One: Believable Evidence for Muslims

Appendix: Who Said that Jesus Didn't Understand Politics? 141

Bibliography 147

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