978-1-57075-914-7 Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict by
Carol J. Dempsey, and Elayne J. Shapiro
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Theology in Dialogue Series
Book Description New Series: Theology in Dialogue Russell A Butkus, Anne M. Clifford, and Carol Dempsey, General Editors
Shows students how understanding situations of conflict in the Bible can develop skills for addressing conflict in the world.
From the Genesis accounts of Adam and Eve through the Letters of Saint Paul, each of eleven chapters examines a type of conflict—intrapersonal, interpersonal, or between humans and God, and also a particular theme—the nature of conflict, the role of identity, the need for forgiveness, the use of power, the potential of mediation, the skills of negotiation, the possibility
of reconciliation. The goal is to help readers recognize different aspects of conflict, and learn how to develop right relationships with one another
and with God.
The biblical accounts include well-known stories of conflict, such as that of Joseph and his brothers, Jeremiah and King Zedekiah, David and his wife Michal, Judith and Holofernes, Moses negotiating with God over the building of the golden calf, and the apostle Paul addressing both Gentiles and Jews.
In accessible language and including discussion questions, suggested readings, and sidebars throughout, Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict is a uniquely attractive, classroom-tested text for undergraduates and others to explore the Bible and age-old themes of human conflict.
Carol J. Dempsey, a Dominican, is professor of theology (biblical studies) at the University of Portland. She is the author of several books, including The Prophets: A Liberation Critical Reading (Fortress, 2000); Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth (Liturgical, 2007); Justice: A Biblical Perspective (Chalice, 2008); and Isaiah: God’s Poet of Light (Chalice, 2010).
Elayne J. Shapiro is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Portland. She has published widely and given many presentations in the areas of conflict resolution and