Chapter 1. YHWH's Violence: The Problem and Approaches; Chapter 2. Introductory Considerations; Chapter 3. The Basic Threat: Idolatry and Destruction; Chapter 4. Destruction and Restoration as Coercion; Chapter 5. Rebellion: The Individual and the Nation; Chapter 6. The Horrors of Destruction; Chapter 7. The Politics of YHWH and "Other Gods"; Chapter 8. Conclusions; Bibliography.
Rob Barrett is Tutor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Westminster Theological Centre (London).
"Revising his 2007 doctoral dissertation at Durham University, Barrett approaches Old Testament accounts of God killing, destroying, and threatening Israel, with engagement and provisional sympathy, and without selectively suppressing objectionable passages. He covers previous approaches, introductory considerations, the basic threat of idolatry and destruction, destruction and restoration as coercion, the rebellion by traitors, the horrors of destruction, and the politics of Yhwh and other gods. Among more detailed discussions are canon and history, religion and politics in Deuteronomy and the modern world, the golden calf incident as national myth, modern responses to rebellion, understanding the curses, and the modern state and other gods." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.