By C. S. Cowles
A dialogue of varied modern evangelical perspectives of genocide within the outdated testomony. Christians are frequently stunned to learn that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, commanded the full destruction---all males, girls, and children---of the ethnic workforce be aware of because the Canaanites. This turns out to contradict Jesus' command within the New testomony to like your enemies and do sturdy to everybody. How can Yahweh be an identical God because the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? What does genocide within the Bible need to do with the politics of the twenty first century? This ebook explores, in general Counterpoints structure, the previous testomony command of God to exterminate the Canaanite inhabitants and what that suggests approximately continuity among the previous and New Testaments. The 4 issues of view awarded at the continuity of the Testaments are: * powerful Discontinuity --- C . S. Cowles * average Discontinuity --- Eugene H. Merrill * piritual Continuity --- Tremper Longman III * Eschatological Continuity --- Daniel L. Gard The Counterpoints sequence offers a discussion board for comparability and critique of other perspectives on concerns very important to Christians. Counterpoints books tackle different types: Church lifestyles and Bible and Theology. whole your library with different books within the Counterpoints sequence.
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The issue is the same, how ever, in both cases: God has promised the patriarchs that their national descendants will be delivered from onerous bondage to a hostile power and brought to a land that they will own and occupy. All this will be initiated and carried to successful con clusion by their warrior God, the Lord of Hosts, who will wage battle against overwhelming odds on their behalf. The prescription for Yahweh war. Like anything else in the purpose and plan of God, there must be a protocol to be fol lowed in carrying out Yahweh war.
It is significan� discourse to anything resembling Old Testament Yahweh war t�ough clearly he describes an age of incredible persecution and distress. Even Luke's account, which speaks of military conflict hardly paints it in Yahweh-war terms. One can only conclud� from Jesus' teaching that such war, though common in the Old Test�ment, has no place in the age of the church-at least no legi. 40 The same is true of the New Testament letters. T�er� i� abundant military imagery, but nearly always the con fhc� is m the realm of the spiritual (1 Cor.
4Rudolf Smend, Yahweh War and Tribal Confederation, trans. Max Gray Rogers (Nashville: Abingdon, 1970), 38; G. H. Jones, "The Concept of Holy War," in The World ofAncient Israel, ed. R. E. Clements (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989), 313-14; J. P. U. Lilley, "Understanding the I-ferem," TynBul 44 (1993): 173. Though hin�s of the rationale for Yahweh war and its pros . ecution occur pnor to the revelation of the covenant at Sinai (cf. fty-rnne battle accounts from the event of the Exodupaper, s to the Babylonian destruction o� Jerusalem.