Summary: This book unambiguously opposes capital punishment as the immoral act of "the killing state." Lind traces Yahwehs saving action and steadfast love for Israel and the world from Moses to Elijah to Jesus, and shows how they are to be emulated on the societal level by obedience to covenant law. This leads to his conclusion that capital punishment is to be opposed because from the perspective of the God revealed in the Bibledetermined in Linds view by the careful reading of the text he has attempted herecapital punishment is simply wrong.
is an important work. Linds analysis of Old
Testament texts seriously undermines notions of a
prevailing theology of violence in the Old
"In his vigorous
attack on the killing state, Millard Lind moves away from
rationalistic arguments against capital punishment,
however useful they may be, toward a radically biblical
approach that does not look for single texts but
identifies a large movement of covenant law that sets
forgiveness and love of neighbor over against all statist
claims on human life. This may be the only
weapon that Christians have. Lind suggests it
is the one that matters.
Lind has been
exploring biblical themes of justice and injustice, war
and peace, for many years. As he suggests in his preface,
this book is the culmination of a life of scholarly
Market: Scholars and college or graduate students; church leaders and pastors; groups or individuals interested in a thoughtful examination of the Bibles implications for the contemporary penalty which is presented in accessible language while thoroughly supported by extensive notes and bibliography.
Shelving: Capital punishment; Biblical studies; TheologyAnabaptist-Mennonite. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.
The Author: Millard Lind, Goshen, Indiana, is a retired Professor of Old Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, where he taught for 30 years. A widely traveled and published scholar, Lind is the author of such books as Yahweh Is a Warrior (Herald Press, 1980); Monotheism, Power, Justice (Institute of Mennonite Studies, 1990); and Ezekiel in The Believers Church Bible Commentary (Herald Press, 1996). He has also published numerous articles in scholarly and church magazines.
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