What does the Bible have to say about the use of violence? Can we connect ancient and modern in the case of guns and their prominence in U.S. society? What ethical and moral perspectives would it entail if we took the Bible seriously?

Six internationally-recognised biblical scholars gathered at Fuller Seminary this weekend for a fantastic public discussion and conference about the American crisis of gun violence.

Excerpts from the programme will be up on Fuller Studio sometime in May. In the meantime, the full programme —


Yolanda Norton, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary, on Embodied Testimony: The Signified Lament of Women

Brent A. Strawn, William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament ad the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, on Projecting (on/in/and) Joshua

Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, on The Walls of Jerusalem and the Guns of America: A Theological Reading of Isaiah 22:8-11

Tracy M. Lemos, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Huron University and a member of the graduate school faculty at the University of Western Ontario, on Broken are the Bows of the Mighty: The Bow in Ancient Israel and the Gun in Contemporary America 

David Lincicum, Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, on Can a Christian Own a Gun? Interrogating the New Testament

Shelly Matthews, Professor of New Testament at the Brite Divinity School, on This Sword is Double-Edged: Reflections of a Feminist New Testament Scholar on the Bible and Gun Culture