Perspectives on war in the bible offers a comprehensive study of varying traditions of war in the bible after an introduction that describes the writers presuppositions and examines the distinctive nature of israelite warfare in the biblical period the author examines the traditional categories of holy war just war and pacifism to trace . In early old testament times war was often seen as a holy war a conflict initiated and led by god such a war was declared by god himself exodus 1716 numbers 311 3 1 samuel 151 3 and every facet of war had religious significance. It was one of the first men to use total war american civil war general william sherman who used to say war is hell he was both right and wrong. A biblical perspective on war selected scriptures delivered 09 23 2001 how many of you remember a song called war its from the sixties but it has been used in several recent movies. The relationship between war and the biblical text is perplexing john a wood discusses in an inclusive manner the issues surrounding the study of war in the bible in perspectives on war in the bible woods stated purpose in writing is to evaluate the issue of war and the biblical texts in light
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