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Shalom: The Bible’s Word for Salvation, Justice, and Peace

Perry B. Yoder

Perry Yoder challenges us to take seriously the Bible’s concept of a peaceful society, where each citizen is responsible for the welfare of others. Shalom calls Christians to work for justice and freedom throughout the world.

Yoder provides a helpful addition to work on Biblical peace studies by underscoring the importance of the concept of Shalom throughout the Old and New Testaments. Unfortunately, his approach suffers from an over reliance on Marxist ideology and he has the tendency to oversimplify complex topics such as substitutionary atonement and New Testament views of the state. As a result, some of his arguments are weakened, but the thesis as a whole stands and is worth exploring.

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