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The concept of The Wrath of God is a contentious one. Mark Tully asks how we can reconcile the idea of a loving God with a God of Wrath - in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

He discusses the evidence of God as a loving God in the Hebrew Bible and examines the idea of divine anger as a way of obviating the need for human vengeance. He also asks whether anger is an entirely negative force in the first place.

Contrasting views are offered by writers and theologians from Stephen Crane to Miroslav Wolf, and musical argument is provided by artists ranging from Mendelssohn and Britten to Yossele Rosenblatt and the Delmore Brothers.

The readers are David Holt, Adjoa Andoh and Francis Cadder.

Produced by Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4

Mark Tully asks how we can reconcile the idea of a loving God with an angry one.