Biblical Foundations for Peace and Justice BIB651 / B

Instructor: Susannah M. Larry, PhD

We haven’t always known quite what to do with the relationship between peace and justice. The biblical texts bear witness to both the Holy Warrior God and the prophet who decries peace without justice, to the Jesus who came not to bring peace but a sword, and to the Jesus who weeps over Jerusalem because it did not recognize “the things that make for peace.” In this course we study pertinent biblical passages in order to gain perspective and to provide a basis for reflecting on peace and justice praxis today. We look at some hard topics: patriarchy, the so-called violence of God, empire, and colonization. We also look at some topics that are more pleasant but also contain their own complexities, such as hospitality and migration, our relationships with each other and with the earth, and eschatological hope, among others.