Violence and religion are often seen as sisters in arms, also because of sources like the Bible speak about war, violence and vengeance. But are these texts understood well enough? This webinar on June 13, 2023, given by Arjan van den Os of the Theological University of Apeldoorn, will discuss how to understand Divine Vengeance in the New Testament. A topic of academic and social relevance.
The webinar will focus on one of the sensitive topics in Biblical theology: divine violence, specifically: divine vengeance. Several ‘solutions’ have been offered in theology to treat this ‘embarrassing’ topic. Before one does major interventions in the Bible, one has to be sure that one has a good understanding of the notion of divine vengeance. This webinar enables to fathom the meaning and function of divine vengeance in the New Testament, against its background of Greco-Roman culture, the Old Testament, and Early Judaism. Participants will also see how vengeance is understood nowadays and which hermeneutical tensions this understanding creates with the notion of divine vengeance in the New Testament. This webinar will provide exegetical and theological insights into the notion of divine vengeance in the New Testament, so that participants are equipped to grapple with this sensitive topic.
New Testament researchers, PhD-students searching for or focusing on a New Testament or theological subject, researchers interested in the topic of violence in the Bible, researchers interested in theological interpretation of the New Testament, researchers interested in connecting Biblical, hermeneutical, and theological perspectives.
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You can register by sending an email to Arjan van den Os before Friday June 9th 2023. The webinar will be done via Microsoft Teams. You will receive the link after registration.
June 13, 2023, 16:00-17:15 h CEST.
Arjan van den Os is assistant professor at the Theological University of Apeldoorn.
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