If you’re asking questions about the violent portrayals of God in the Old Testament compared to the view of God through Christ in the New Testament, take a listen to this excellent podcast. Greg Boyd has recently released his book ‘The Crucifixion of the Warrior God’ (Fortress Press, 2017) in which he unpacks a cruciform hermeneutic that is centered in the others-centered love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
I’m really looking forward to giving the book a thorough read sometime in the Fall of 2017. However, in the meantime, in this podcast Boyd successfully outlines some of the main arguments of the book. If you plan on reading the book, sometimes hearing about the main themes in advance helps to make a two volume opus such as this more manageable. Or, if you’re someone who is not likely to read the book, I recommend listening to the podcast to at least become conversant with what I think are some of the most important contemporary theological arguments about the non-violence of God.
This is a topic that I’ve been lecturing on and am researching with a focus on the atonement. My sense is that there is a great need to move beyond justifying supposed divine violence in Holy Scripture. Boyd makes great strides in that direction. I can’t wait to read the full book!
Description of the show from the website:
Greg Boyd is back on the show! This time he’s tackling the thorny issue of violence in the Old Testament. How is it, for example, that the God revealed in Jesus loves his enemies and lays down his life for them, when the God we see in the Old Testament seems to routinely kill his enemies? What does that tell us about the nature of God, and the nature of the Bible? Greg is certainly the man to ask, as he’s just published a 1492 page book on this very subject, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God.