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Crying for Justice:
What the Psalms teach us about Mercy and Vengeance in an age of Terrorism

John N. Day (Leicester: IVP, 2005)

Blurb Review


Psalms such as Psa. 58 and 137 seem to contain immense barbarism. How did such barbarism make its way into the prayer book of the people of God? What should NT Christians, living by Jesus' ethic to ‘love your enemies' do with these prayers of retribution? Writing in today's setting of terrorism and increasing world violence, John Day ably answers these questions in this study of the imprecatory psalms. By examining the theology of the prayers, as well as their ancient cultural context, he demonstrates how mercy and vengeance should play out in the modern world. He shows how these Psalms should be read in the light of the New Testament and skillfully shows how a coherent biblical theology of curse helps to illumine them.


Introduction: Facing the problem

Part 1: Contemporary Solutions and Ancient Context
1. Unsatisfactory Solutions
2. Curse in Its Cultural Context

Part 2: The Three Harshest Psalms
3. Blood Bath: Pslam 58
4. Baby Bashing: Pslam 137
5. Unholy Litany: Psalm 109

Part 3: Colliding with the New testament
6. Apparent Contradictions
7. Heaping Coals of Fire
8. New Testament Curses


Appendix: Responding to Severe Persecution

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