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The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred: Liberation from the Myth of Sanctioned Violence
Girard's theories on violence, civilization, and religion have intrigued and confounded scholars in the humanities for almost two decades. In this book, Williams has provided the first comprehensive application of Girard's thought to the whole Bible. What emerges from all of this is a proposal for a biblical theology of the nonviolent God.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Trinity Press International
(first published January 1st 1990)
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This was the first book to offer a systematic overview of the Bible through the lens offered by René Girard's theory of mimetic desire and sacred violence. It continues to be a good resource. Many devout people who love the Bible are perplexed by the violence in the book. Williams helps us understand how the it is the violence of humans that is revealed and the love of God is revealed in the face of our human violence.