Violence Divine: Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of Its Non-Violent God

Does“Christianity’s Biblical Express Train” thunder along twin and parallel rails, one of divine violence and the other of divine non-violence? Is the Old Testament God of vengeance and punishment and the New Testament God of forgiveness and mercy simply twin aspects of God’s biblical character?Is the only path to shalom through a valley of capricious divine bloodshed?One of the world’s foremost historical Jesus scholars helps the church rise above the greatest of Christian treasons: that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence.

Filmed before a live audience in a workshop setting, professor and author John Dominic Crossan summarizes the essence of his bestselling How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation and shows the way forward for those seeking an authentic Christianity for the 21st century.

Violence Divine is an eight-session DVD-based program. The basic format for each 1.5-hour session includes chapter breaks and discussion questions related to each 40-minute video segment. Sessions include (1. An Epic Matrix, (2. Sin and Escalatory Violence, (3. The Heart of the Torah, (4. Deuteronomy Rules, (5. Undecided Justice, (6. Not, not, not, not, not, NOT the End of the World, (7. The “Violentization” of Jesus, and (8. Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of Its Non-Violent God.

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at De Paul University, John Dominic Crossan is generally acknowledged to be the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world. He has written twenty books including Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, Who Killed Jesus?andThe Birth of Christianity. A Roman Catholic monk for nineteen years and a priest for twelve years, Crossan is a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

This class is an open class. The cost of the class is $10 and the cost of the text.
New members are welcome!

Contact the St. Barnabas church office (830-997-5762), Debbie Gorden (830) 285-7668, Richard Mickelson (830-456-1572) for more information. Class begins Thursday January 4, 2017 and ends February 15, 2017. Class start time is 6:15 pm in the parish hall.

Required Text: How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian by John Dominic Crossan
Facilitator: Tom Christofferson, Richard Mickelson, and Debbie Gorden