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The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence

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You've heard about the child sacrifice, forced cannibalism, and mass murder. Now get the rest of the story.

Fleischer explains the Old Testament like never before, cutting through the popular misperceptions to provide a compelling, scripturally based, and highly readable case for a good, just, and loving God, one who hates violence.

This book will strengthen your faith and equip you to defend it at the same time.

End your struggle to appreciate the God of the Old Testament today.  Discover a deity who is more beautiful than you have ever imagined.


"In the first six pages of his new book, Matthew Curtis Fleischer describes the problem of divine violence in the Old Testament as well as anyone ever has. In the following 200-plus pages, he offers Christians committed to biblical authority an intelligent and humane way of interpreting those passages, leading humanity from violence to nonviolence in the way of Jesus. Fleischer is an attorney, and he makes his case with clarity that would win over any unbiased jury." - Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration


Matthew Curtis Fleischer is a reader, writer, and attorney with a passion for exploring God’s beauty and brilliance.  He lives in Oklahoma City with his amazing bride and their three spectacular children.  You can find out more about him at and follow him on Facebook or Twitter @MatthewCurtisF.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 11, 2018 – Addressing Christians who struggle with reconciling Old Testament images of a violent God with New Testament images of a peaceful Jesus, Fleischer, an attorney, argues that God engages in "incremental ethical revelation," gradually revealing Christianity's nonviolent moral standard. Beginning with a comprehensive listing of Old Testament accounts of God committing or ordering Israel to commit violence, Fleischer acknowledges that humans throughout millennia have used these stories to justify slavery, apartheid, slaughter of indigenous peoples, and other atrocities. Fleischer claims that Israel's Mosaic Law, compared to contemporaneous ancient Near Eastern religions, offered significant moral advancement in warfare policy, treatment of the disadvantaged, and management of bloodlust. Arguing that God's "introductory moral lessons" included teaching obedience and trust in God rather than military might and temporarily sanctioning limited violence while leading people from retribution to restorative justice, Fleischer contends that God's "end goal" was always the revelation of the "universally applicable moral code" of nonviolence and enemy love preached by Jesus. In a section entitled "Maybe God Didn't Do It," Fleischer suggests that human misinterpretation may be responsible for the violent portrayal of God. While some biblical scholars may quarrel with Fleischer's argument for chronological divine revelation, Fleischer makes a strong argument for a Christian embrace of nonviolence based on both testaments. (BookLife)
The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence
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  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: Jan 17, 2018
  • Publisher: Matthew Curtis Fleischer
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 421 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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