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In this powerful little book Chris Marshall addresses the many complexities surrounding justice in the Bible. He addresses why the Bible, at times, seems to hold conflicting points of view, and discusses the intricacies of differentiating the cultures of biblical times with the culture of our present world today. Marshall's honest treatment of this subject is direct, yet compassionate in tone. He manages a thorny, multi-faceted subject clearly and ultimately singles out the broad areas of theological agreement among the Bible's writers.
"The purpose of this Little Book is to identify some characteristic features of the Bible's teaching on justice. "The Bible has had a profound impact on the development of Western culture. So exploring biblical perspectives on justice can help us appreciate some of the convictions and values that have helped shape Western political and judicial thought. "Christians also regard the Bible as a uniquely important source of guidance on matters of belief and practice. What the Bible has to say about justice, therefore -- both social justice and criminal justice -- ought to be of great significance for Christian thought and action today. "Yet coming to grips with biblical teaching on justice is by no means easy." Upfront, Marshall addresses the many complexities that surround "justice" in the Bible: the Bible seems to hold conflicting points of view; there is a huge amount of data to deal with; the world of the Bible and our present world are vastly different. Marshall's honest treatment of this subject is direct, yet almost lyrical in tone. He manages a thorny, multi-faceted subject clearly and ultimately singles out the broad areas of theological agreement among the Bible's writers. Highly stimulating. Highly inspirational.
Chris Marshall is a theological educator in New Zealand, with a special interest in community-based justice alternatives. His focus has been on the integration of theological insights and criminal justice theory in his published work, for which he has received international recognition.
He has also been highly involved in a voluntary capacity in the development of restorative justice practice in New Zealand. In 2004 he received an International Community Justice Award for his work in this area.
Dr. Marshall holds the St. John’s Senior Lectureship in Christian Theology at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. His Ph.D. in New Testament is from the University of London. He also holds an M.A. in Peace Studies from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.
In addition to many articles on biblical and ethical themes, he is author of Faith as a Theme in Mark’s Narrative; Kingdom Come: The Kingdom of God in the Teaching of Jesus; Crowned with Glory and Honor: Human Rights in the Biblical Tradition; and Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment.