Suffering, Evil, and Divine Punishment in the Bible

This Research Group considers the subject of evil in the Bible broadly considered. This includes but is not limited to the origin(s) of evil, the causes of evil, God’s relation to evil (e.g., why does God permit evil to exist? Does God directly cause evil?), and ethical issues (e.g., divine commands to perform acts that otherwise might be considered evil; the varied relationships between evil behavior and divine retribution for it). For information, please contact Kenneth D. Litwak at kenneth.litwak@asburyseminary.edu and Daniel Timmer at daniel.timmer@prts.edu.

Kenneth Litwak, Asbury Theological Seminary, Presiding

Alex Stewart, Tyndale Theological Seminary (Amsterdam)
Threats of Divine Punishment in the Apocalypse of John: The Character and Intentions of the One Threatening (20 min)

Discussion (4 min)

Bryan D. Estelle, Westminster Seminary California
Silence and Suffering in the Book of Job (20 min)

Discussion (4 min)

Arthur Keefer, Eton College
Qohelet Suffering the Meaning of Life: An Evil and its Theological Solution in Ecclesiastes (20 min)

Discussion (4 min)

Charlie Trimm, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University)
Should I Pray for the Peace or Destruction of Babylon? The Intersection of Enemy Love and Imprecatory Psalms in the Old Testament (20 min)

Discussion (4 min)

John Peckham, Andrews University
Rules of Engagement: God's Permission of Evil in Selected Cases of Scripture (20 min)

Discussion (4 min)