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By John T. Fitzgerald, Fika J. van Rensburg, Herrie F. van Rooy

ISBN-10: 1589834011

ISBN-13: 9781589834019

Animosity in its quite a few types, together with enmity, battle, murder, family violence, spiritual hostility, and retaliation, is a perennial challenge that has plagued each kind of interpersonal and overseas dating because the sunrise of human life. The essays during this quantity, supplying views from 3 continents, study how animosity is known and awarded within the biblical textual content and its historic and literary contexts. The authors realize while that the Bible itself and the way it's been used have occasionally contributed to the matter of animosity and therefore search to glean any insights that will handle this challenge within the modern international, which at the present time is a urgent worldwide quandary. The individuals are Henk Bakker, Paul B. Decock, John T. Fitzgerald, J. J. Fritz Kr??ger, Outi Lepp?¤, Dirk G. van der Merwe, Marius Nel, Eric Peels, Jeremy Punt, Fika J. van Rensburg, Rainer G. H. Reuter, Herrie F. van Rooy, Eben Scheffler, and Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman.

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Such an approach would facilitate tolerance. (2) The Bible should be studied in its Weltbezogenheit, in other words, the reality of mundane life with all its complexities fully recognized (involving individual emotional feelings of love and hatred and physical and social material needs). The views encountered in the Old Testament are products of the historical circumstances in which the texts originated and correlate with the needs of a particular community at a certain stage in history. 34 As such the issue of war and violence should be fully recognized as part of the conditio humana, especially in the sense of its predicament.

First Scene: Introduction and Oblation (Gen 4:1–5) The first verse of Gen 4 relates this chapter to the previous one. When Eve gives birth to Cain, her expression of joy, 17 “I have brought forth a man” 14. , Kenneth A. Mathews, Genesis 1–11 (NAC; Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001), 260–64. Certainly this does not exclude the possibility of an ancient narrative tradition with a more complete version of the story of Cain and Abel. Thus Umberto Cassuto, From Adam to Noah: Genesis I–VI 8 (vol. 1 of A Commentary on the Book of Genesis; Jerusalem: Magnes, 1961), 183–84.

14, 16). The violent man violates his relation to creation itself; the earth will no longer be a source of life and joy for him (v. 12). The offender himself is also changed by his violence: equilibrium and safety disappear; the life of this man becomes a flight (vv. 12–16). By violence a process of hardening and loneliness sets in (vv. 9, 14). The way of disobedience toward God (vv. 6–7), giving in to sin (v. 8) and refusing to take up one’s responsibility (v. 9), is in every regard a dead-end road.

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