By David A. Leiter
The Bible has a name for being approximately violence within the previous testomony and approximately peace within the New testomony. David A. Leiter deconstructs that oversimplifiednotion as he explores passages during which God demands the making of peace. by means of determining key typologies, Leiter exhibits the outdated Testament's relevance to this day s struggles for peace.
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This is where Abraham enters the picture. When he receives word that Lot has been taken captive, he takes 318 men and pursues Chedorlaomer and his forces. They liberate Lot and bring back the booty taken from the Canaanite region. After the defeat of Chedorlaomer and his forces, the king of Sodom and the king of Salem, Melchizedek, meet Abraham. Melchizedek provides him with bread and wine and blesses him. The king of Sodom offers Abraham a portion of the booty, which he refuses. The narrative of Genesis 14 has a different flavor than the other stories about Abraham in Genesis 12–25.
10 Such justice will not come about through loud cries in the community. Fragile reeds will not be broken and even candles that have difficulty burning will not be extinguished. 11 Paul Hanson suggests that the servant’s manner of instituting justice is a means that transcends hostilities and serves as an alternative to war. 12 This way of establishing justice differs from the way justice was perceived to have come in the past. 13 In the ancient Near East and ancient Israel, kings were assigned to establish justice; the servant stands in stark contrast to the monarchy.
But his role, however complex and vague, is an important one. 7 Melchizedek begins by making no direct mention of the military encounter between Abraham and Chedorlaomer. He simply brings forth bread and wine and blesses Abraham and “God Most High,” who delivered the enemies into Abraham’s hand. 8 Although the nature of the relationship between Melchizedek and Abraham is not clear, Melchizedek initiates the relationship and glorifies Abraham for defeating Chedorlaomer and his armies. The episode with Melchizedek indicates that the war is over and that the violence has come to an end.