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The predominance of war in the Old Testament troubles many Christians However it is an issue that must be faced says Peter C Craigie because it has serious ramifications for contemporary Christian attitudes about war Professor Craigie categorizes the problems into two kinds personal and external The personal problems arise from the Christian's attempt to grapple with the emphasis on war in a book fundamental to faith Three areas are considered here the representation of God as warrior; God's revelation of himself in a book which preserves an extensive amount of war literature; and the seemingly conflicting ethics taught in the Old Testament and the New Testam If I were to give this book a rating from 1 to 10 I would put it somewhere around 5 I will further explain this rating but I must first say that despite this fact I would still highly recommend the book to anyone Peter does an excellent job of expressing the theological and practical problems of the prevalence of war in the Old Testament Throughout the entire book he hints at resolutions to these problems which causes one to be hopeful and continue reading but then in the last chapters he concedes that he has no real answers Instead he turns from the problems entirely and instead proposes a Christian perspective on war in light of the Old and New Testaments This is why I would highly recommend this book to anyone because his thoughts and perspective on this are well thought out and definitely worth considering however the book itself wanders from topic to topic and doesn't really give any helpful solution to its main problem

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Ent The external problems are critiues against the Bible and the Christian faith based on the war like nature of the Old Testament and the close association between Christianity and war throughout history Only by examining and understanding the problem of war in the Old Testament will Christians be able to respond intelligently to attacks on their faith to educate their youth in the nature of war and to influence modern attitudes toward war Peter C Craigie was Academic Vice President of the University of Calgary professor of religious studies and authored The Book of Deuteronomy in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series Eerdmans Dr Craig This helpful treatment of a profoundly difficult problem is short and to the point Craigie examines the issues around the war passages of the Old Testament from a variety of angles including the significant OT theme of God as Warrior the prohibition of murder and most provocatively the theme of defeat in the Old Testament In essence Craigie argues that we must read the OT in light of its entire message it does not simply and uncritically present the conuest and defeat of enemies Rather we see in the OT a kingdom established via violence surviving via violence and being exiled via violence In other words the OT presents the failure of the nation state in contrast to the form of the kingdom in the NT a community of people who unite across the borders of natural and historic enemies a community of people who follow not the violent Jesus but the crucified Jesus I appreciate the reflections that close the book on one's participation in war While Craigie doesn't develop a rule he states the tension uite clearly and as such offers a way forward for the Christian to avoid the uncritical justification of war or the blind adoption of pacifismTwo things I would tweak First I thought he could have made clearer the connection between the NT notion of Law showing the people their transgression and the failure of conuest Second I though he could have further clarified the role of God in the conuest While he spends a lot of time on this issue there is still the niggling sense that God's actions in the conuest indict His character Craigie simply declares that they don't teasing that out a bit would have been helpful


6 thoughts on “The Problem of War in the Old Testament

  1. says:

    If I were to give this book a rating from 1 to 10 I would put it somewhere around 5 I will further explain this rating but I must first say that despite this fact I would still highly recommend the book to anyone Peter does an excellent job of expressing the theological and practical problems of the prevalence of war in the Old Testament Throughout the entire book he hints at resolutions to these problems which causes one to be hopeful and continue reading but then in the last chapters he concedes that he has no real answers Instead he turns from the problems entirely and instead proposes a Christian perspective on war in light of the Old and New Testaments This is why I would highly recommend this book to anyone because his thoughts and perspective on this are well thought out and definitely worth considering however the book itself wanders from topic to topic and doesn't really give any helpful solution to its main problem


  2. says:

    This helpful treatment of a profoundly difficult problem is short and to the point Craigie examines the issues around the war passages of the Old Testament from a variety of angles including the significant OT theme of God as Warrior the prohibition of murder and most provocatively the theme of defeat in the Old Testament In essence Craigie argues that we must read the OT in light of its entire message it does not simply and uncritically present the conuest and defeat of enemies Rather we see in the OT a kingdom established via violence surviving via violence and being exiled via violence In other words the OT presents the failure of the nation state in contrast to the form of the kingdom in the NT a community of people who unite across the borders of natural and historic enemies a community of people who follow not the violent Jesus but the crucified Jesus I appreciate the reflections that close the book on one's participation in war While Craigie doesn't develop a rule he states the tension uite clearly and as such offers a way forward for the Christian to avoid the uncritical justification of war or the blind adoption of pacifismTwo things I would tweak First I thought he could have made clearer the connection between the NT notion of Law showing the people their transgression and the failure of conuest Second I though he could have further clarified the role of God in the conuest While he spends a lot of time on this issue there is still the niggling sense that God's actions in the conuest indict His character Craigie simply declares that they don't teasing that out a bit would have been helpful


  3. says:

    This book marks a milestone in nearly 20 years of my theological education it is the one and only scholarly work I've ever read ending with I don't know To end it that way is not an intellectual cop out it where Craigie's thinking undeniably leads after taking all of Scripture into account In that sense I don't know is the acknowledgement of paradox and mystery that any respectable theologian likewise describes but still manages to produce his or her own argument about it Craigie puts his thoughts out there in a tightly organized easy to read manner He has his angle and makes an effective argument but must finally fall silent before the God who is both a lover and a fighter This is a great read for laypeople as it is brief direct and uite readable But that is not to suggest it reuires no thought or personal engagement I recommend it for laypeople who watch the news and ask themselves Is violence ever justified? Does loving one's enemies come before protecting one's family and friends? How do I read the Bible for guidance? These uestions are engaged and to some extent answered but the dilemmas are not solved This book serves as a guide to raising the dilemma of the warrior God of the Old Testament and the God of limitless love in the New and helps the reader understand that Christians cannot choose one at the expense of the other We have to inform our thinking and action by recognizing biblical teaching as a whole about the one and only God who is not eitheror but bothand


  4. says:

    I was very appreciative of Craigie's open and honest wrestling with the issues of sanctioned violence in the Old Testament I gave this 4 stars because there were many worthy theological reflections and exegetical insights and because I've not read any other works that so starkly stare the issues in the face but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the conclusion left me wanting Still well worth a read


  5. says:

    Helpful I'd like to have a conversation with this author


  6. says:

    His effort to reframe the issue of God's relationship to our wars and violence is marvelous


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