Studies in Peace and Scripture Series

Visions of peace abound in the Bible, and so do the language and tales of battle. In this respect, the Bible is thoroughly at home in the modern world: a history filled with visions of peace accompanying the reality of war bridges the distance between the Bible's world and our own. That alone would justify study of peace and war in the Bible. However, for those communities reading the Bible as Scripture, the matter is more urgent. For them it becomes crucial to understand what the Bible says about peace—and about war. These matters have often divided Christians from each other, and the way Christians have understood them has had terrible consequences for Jews and, indeed, for the world. A series of scholarly investigations cannot hope to resolve these issues, but it can hope, as the Studies in Peace and Scripture Series does, to aid our understanding of them.

More information about the books in the series, including annotations, author-editor information and links to where to purchase copies, is included in the IMS book catalog.

Studies in Peace and Scripture volumes

Vol 13  Rooted and Grounded: Essays on Land and Christian Discipleship
Ryan D. Harker and Janeen Bertsche Johnson, editors

Vol 12  Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence across the Testaments
Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz, editors

Vol 11  A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives
by David J. Neville

Vol 10  Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church
by Darrin W. Snyder Belousek

Vol 9  Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics
by Willard M. Swartley

Vol 8  The Sound of Sheer Silence and the Killing State: The Death Penalty and the Bible
by Millard Lind

Vol 7  Beautiful upon the Mountains: Biblical essays on mission, peace, and the reign of God
Mary H. Schertz and Ivan Friesen, edtors

Vol 6  Crowned with Glory and Honor: Human Rights in the Biblical Tradition
by Christopher D. Marshall

Vol 5  Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment
by Christopher D. Marshall

Vol 4  Violence Renounced: René Girard, Biblical Studies and Peacemaking
Willard M. Swartley, editor

Vol 3  The Love of Enemy and Nonretaliation in the New Testament
Willard M. Swartley, editor

Vol 2  The Meaning of Peace: Biblical Studies
Perry B. Yoder and Willard M. Swartley, editors

Vol 1  The Gospel of Peace: A Scriptural Message for Today's World
by Ulrich Mauser


Laura L. Brenneman, New Testament editor (PhD, Durham University, UK), is a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. A graduate of the Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Harrisonburg, Va., and AMBS, she works at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies; her dissertation (Cascadia, forthcoming) is about 1 Corinthians 5 and church discipline.

Ben C. Ollenburger, Old Testament editor, is professor of biblical theology at AMBS. Ben graduated from California State University, Long Beach (BA), Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MA), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). He was instructor in religious studies at Tabor College and assistant professor of OT at Princeton Seminary before coming to AMBS. Ben is the author of Zion, the City of the Great King (Sheffield Academic, 1987), Old Testament Theology (Eisenbrauns, 2004), and numerous articles and essays.