Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible
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Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible

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An original, powerful, and programmatic reading of the Bible that emphasizes the biblical call to peacemaking

Smith-Christopher shows us that biblical peacemaking recognizes and then crosses—or “runs”—borders. All too often, borders and other imaginary lines drawn between groups of people have a way of becoming the basis for conflict, bigotry, and ultimately, war. Danger

Paperback, 194 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Abingdon Press
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The author challenges us to understand border-crossing as an intrusion into difficult situations, whether the border is between countries, classes, neighbor. Surveying old and new testimate scriptures, and drawing in other ancient sources, the author proposes a way of undertanding the violent language of the Bible, pointing out that these texts are more likely rhetoric, reflecting rage, than they are prescriptive, written at a time when God's people were oppressed and unable to carry them out as...more
A thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a boundary crosser, how Jesus crossed borders and boundaries to reach out in love, how that is what we're called to do as well. What it means to reach out in peace instead of through power.
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