IVP has kindly provided me with some great books to give away so we can celebrate the launch of the new blog design/domain. Thanks!
So every Thursday, I’m announcing a new book giveaway. And this week’s book is William J. Webb’s Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts. The book has some pretty strong endorsements from people like Scot McKnight, Mark Strauss, Daniel Block, and Christopher Wright. And here’s the publisher’s description:
William Webb confronts those often avoided biblical passages that call for the corporal punishment of children, slaves and wrongdoers. How should we understand and apply them today? Are we obligated to replicate those injunctions today? Or does the proper interpretation of them point in a different direction?
Webb notes that most of the Christian church is at best inconsistent in its application of these texts. But is there a legitimate basis for these lapses?
Building on the findings of his previous work, Slaves, Women and Homosexuals, Webb argues that the proper interpretation and application of these texts requires ascertaining their meaning within the ancient cultural/historical context. In recognizing the sweep of God’s redemptive purposes already evident in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New, we remain truly biblical.
Like our prior giveaways, entering is simple. Just do one or more of the following. And, as usual, the more of these you do, the better your chances of winning. (To make my life easier, please leave one comment for everything that you do. So, for example, if you “like” the post on Facebook and also Tweet about it, leave two comments – one for each.)
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See, nice and simple. I’ll select a winner next Wednesday (Feb 15). Stay tuned!