A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives

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  • Copyright: 2013-02-15
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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In the New Testament texts, there is significant tension between Jesus's nonviolent mission and message and the apparent violence attributed to God and God's agents at the anticipated end. David Neville challenges the ready association between New Testament eschatology and retributive vengeance on christological and canonical grounds. He explores the narrative sections of the New Testament--the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation--with a view to developing a peaceable, as opposed to retributive, understanding of New Testament eschatology. Neville shows that for every narrative text in the New Testament that anticipates a vehement eschatology, another promotes a largely peaceable eschatology. This work furthers the growing discussion of violence and the doctrine of the atonement.

Table of Contents

The Gospels according to Matthew and Mark
Nonretaliation or Vengeance? Protesting Matthew's Violent Eschatology
Peaceful Power: Pleading Mark's Ethical Eschatology
The Lukan Literature
The Evangelist of Peace
"As in the Days of Noah and Lot": Retributive Eschatology in Luke's Gospel
"In the Same Way": Restoration Eschatology in Acts
Johannine Trajectories
Nonviolent Apocalypse: The Peace Witness of the Fourth Gospel
Apocalypse of the Lamb: Reading Revelation in Peace Perspective
Concluding Reflections
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