The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics, Willard M. Swartley, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006; 542 pp.
It was my good fortune to have spent a little time with Mennonite New Testament theologian Willard Swartley at the June, 2006 Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) in Ottawa, Canada. I first heard from him about what surely is his magnum opus, the volume under review. Though he has written and edited over 20 books during his fruitful career as professor (now emeritus) of New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana.
I sent him an e-mail upon completing the read, saying: “I sat back with a sense of not a little „overpeace‟. It was as daunting as it was exquisite… I sit here in a kind of awe-shock at the amazing richness of the New Testament call to peace. You have, happily, overloaded all the circuits!” Let me explain why.
Please click on: Covenant of Peace