chapter  8
THE PROPHETIC CONCEPT OF PEACE
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Even if peace meant only the absence of war, of hate, of slaughter, of madness, its accomplishment would be among the highest aims man can set for himself. But if one wants to understand the specific prophetic concept of peace, one has to go several steps further and recognize that the prophetic concept of peace cannot be defined as merely the absence of war, but that it is a spiritual and philosophical concept. It is based on the prophetic idea of man, of history, and of salvation; it has its roots in the story of man’s creation and his disobedience to God as related in the Book of Genesis, and it culminates in the concept of the Messianic time.