Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Professor Creach Writes Book on Violence in Scripture

The Bible frequently depicts God as angry and violent, and also sometimes depicts human violence as positive or even as commanded by God. This forms one of the most vexing problems in approaching Scripture and in interpreting the Bible for preaching and teaching today.

The Rev. Dr. Jerome F. D. Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament at PTS, has written Violence in Scripture (WJK, 2013) a volume in the series Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church.

In this work, Creach first examines the theological problems of violence and categorizes the types of violence that appear in Scripture. Then, he wrestles with the most important biblical texts on violence to work through specific interpretational issues. This new volume in the Interpretation: Resources for Use of Scripture in the Church series will help preachers and pastors interpret those difficult texts, encouraging them to face violence in the Bible with honesty.

Creach is interested in Old Testament theology and the appropriation of the Bible to the life of the Church. Psalms and Prophets are his primary areas of research. He has published five books and numerous articles and reviews in journals for biblical studies. In addition to his latest work, Creach’s books include The Destiny of the Righteous in the Psalms (Chalice, 2008), Joshua: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (WJK, 2003), Psalms Interpretation Bible Studies (Geneva, 1999), and Yahweh as Refuge and the Editing of the Hebrew Psalter (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996). A Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Creach has served congregations in Virginia and North Carolina and preaches and teaches regularly in churches in the Pittsburgh area. Creach earned his M.Div. and Th.M. (in systematic theology) at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary).