Wafare and Violence in the Old Testament

Overview

The focus is on warfare and violence in all parts of the Old Testament, examining the ethical and theological issues associated with these texts as well as questions about how to apply them today.

The rise in criticism of the Old Testament in recent times, focused in particular on the violence in the Old Testament, calls for greater responses in more detail by evangelical scholars. Some of the responses that have proven popular among Christians more broadly (such as the work by Eric Seibert) need to be examined by evangelical scholars, while much of the work produced by evangelicals in the area has been written at a more popular level and needs to be studied by Old Testament scholars. The area of sexual violence in particular needs much greater attention by evangelicals.