Date: Thu Dec 05 2002 - 11:14:01 EST
George, in replying to Howard, wrote: "The Bible presents a lot of
its heroes "warts & all" - Abraham trading his wife for his own
safety, Jacob the swindler, David the adulterer, &c. There is no
reason to claim that these behaviors are being approved. Israel is
simply being honest about who it is."
George - would you extend this argument to I Sam 15 also? This is the
passage where Samuel, claiming to speak for God, tells the Hebrews to
slaughter ALL the Amelekites, including the infants, and when Saul
does not QUITE obey, murdering the infants, it seems, but sparing the
Amelekite king and the livestock, Saul is punished by God.
Is the text "being honest" about the character of God -- or would you
offer another interpretation here (I hope so).
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