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October 24, 2013

Gupta To Share Lecture on Violence of God


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By the Edge of the Sword:
The Violence of God in the Old Testament
Monday, November 4, 2013

Troy, N.Y.

Dr. Nijay Gupta
Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology and Exegesis
Northeastern Seminary


Is the God of the Bible a violent God? And, if so, what does that have to say about the ethics of violence today?

While we can look at the Jesus in the Gospels as a non-violent figure who sacrificed himself out of love for humanity...

While we can hear very clearly Jesus' call to turn away from revenge and retaliation...

While we can see that the earliest Christians were largely a non-violent movement that cared deeply for the downtrodden...

 Still, there are the Old Testament texts of violence to reckon with. Especially when we look at the so-called "conquest" of Canaan by Israel, we see warfare, blood, and death all around. And the command of God rings in our ears: "show them no mercy" (Deut. 7:2).

This lecture seeks to address the reality of violence in the Old Testament, even the violence initiated by the God of Israel, and to reflect on what that means for the Church that lives in a dangerous world today.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College
Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Room 314


Dr. Nijay GuptaGupta holds degrees from the University of Durham (Ph.D.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Th. and M.Div.), has taught at Durham, Ashland Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University/Seminary, and Eastern University in biblical studies. He is recognized for his scholarship through multiple awards and is active in the Institute for Biblical Research as a program co-chair and board member. He blogs at