The narrative books of the Bible are dominated by the themes of violence and death. In his newly released work, author and biblical scholar Mark McEntire examines the messy stories of life and death found in the Bible. From gentle death at a good, old age to starvation to brutal murder, death appears in its many forms in these biblical worlds. Through the stories, we are invited to move back and forth between our own stories and those of the Bible, as McEntire writes, so that we might live and die faithfully in the dangerous world they form together. As we live and die in our own dangerous world, the stories of life and death we encounter in the Bible offer us resources for understanding the most difficult aspect of our existence.
Mark McEntire is Associate Professor of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the author of Raising Cain, Fleeing Egypt, and Fighting Philistines: The Old Testament in Popular Music.