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Divine Evil?The Moral Character of the God of Abraham$
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Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001

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Divine Evil?

Christopher Seitz

Oxford University Press

Christopher Seitz provides an extended reflection on the history of Christian interpretation and appropriation of the Hebrew Bible—or Tanak—from the early days of Christianity to recent scholars in the so-called canonical tradition associated with Brevard Childs. It's not always clear where Professor Seitz simply reports on the views of these thinkers, and where he endorses them. But he clearly does mean to endorse the thesis that estimation of the character of Yahweh requires an assessment of the portrayal given by the canon taken as a whole, with individual passages or episodes not to be read in isolation from that larger context. And he seems to endorse, perhaps as a matter of faith, the position that the god of the Bible is the ‘triune God’—just, merciful, patient, loving, and determined, over the ages, to show His people the way to the light. Therefore those Tanakic (and NT) passages that seem to portray a different sort of Lord must be understood in recognition of the controlling constraint of divine goodness....

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