Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2006 - Religion - 542 pages
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One would think that peace, a term that occurs as many as one hundred times in the New Testament, would enjoy a prominent place in theology and ethics textbooks. Yet it is surprisingly absent. Willard Swartley's Covenant of Peace remedies this deficiency, restoring to New Testament theology and ethics the peace that many works have missed.

In this comprehensive yet accessible book Swartley explicates virtually all of the New Testament, relating peace -- and the associated emphases of love for enemies and reconciliation -- to core theological themes such as salvation, christology, and the reign of God. No other work in English makes such a contribution.

Swartley concludes by considering specific practices that lead to peacemaking and their place in our contemporary world. Retrieving a historically neglected element in the Christian message, Covenant of Peace confronts readers anew with the compelling New Testament witness to peace.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Jesus and Peace The Gospel of the Reign of God
11
Shalom and Eirene in Hebrew Scripture the GrecoRoman World and the New Testament
27
Matthew Emmanuel Power for Peacemaking
53
Mark Gospel of the Way Crucif1ed Messiah
92
Luke Gospel of Joy Salvation Peace and Praise
121
Acts Gods Strategies for Peace in the Church
152
Jesus Makes the Covenant of Peace Retrospect and Prospect
177
Revelation Nonviolent Victory Faithfully Persevere in Prayer Praise and Worship
324
Discipleship and Imitation of Jesus the Suffering Servant The Mimesis of New Creation
356
Gods Moral Character as the Basis for Human Ethics Foundational Convictions
377
New Testament Peacemaking in the Service of Moral Formation
399
Summary and Conclusion Reflections and Directions
415
Analysis of Important Contributions to New Testament Theology and Ethics
431
Peter Stuhlmachers Twelve Theses on Peace in the New Testament
472
Bibliography
475

Pauls Peace Interpretation of Jesus Christ
189
Paul Victory over Evil Including the Principalities and Powers
222
Hebrews James and 1 Peter Peace Commitment Tested
254
The Johannine Corpus Conflictual Ethos and Alternative Community as Foundation for Peace
276
Peace and Mission in Johns Gospel Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
304

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