Share the Wealth with Beth Mueller: Negotiating Violence in Scripture: Listening to “Minor” Characters

Oftentimes, people let me know that if they read the Bible, they tend to stray away from the Old Testament.  The violence and destruction in many of these texts can paint a disturbing portrait of a heartless God.  Yet, inviting minor characters to the forefront of violent texts and listening to their stories yields valuable wisdom and insight.  These stories-within-stories shed light on countering violence in our own lives, particularly violence towards those who are marginalized.  We will reflect on and piece through a short text and open up space for discussion.
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