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My own conviction is that this is because hardly anyone has ever tried.

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Avalos, writing from atheist perspective, observes that even though biblical scholars usually maintain critical distance and try to bracket out these difficult passages by emphasizing more peaceful traditions, they unfortunately still seem to think that the Bible is relevant for our culture. Yet Brueggemann resists to any attempt of philosophy or systematic theology to settle this matter. Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament, I would contend with Seibert that they can not.

Barr approaches this problem from a different direction. If Brueggemann de- nounced natural theology as an alien force, Barr suggests that natural theology is intrinsic to the text itself. If these texts contain an ideology of total war, which was based on natural religion and which the author shared with his neighbors, then biblical theology might, under certain conditions, critique these traditions as illegitimate.

Richard S. Hess, Gerald A. Klingbeil, and Paul J. Ray Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, , 5, 23, passim. It is no secret that Genesis 1 is borrowing from its ancient Near Eastern background. It was long assumed that this background was primarily Mesopotamian and Canaanite, but these parallels would seem to me rather loose. Ex The Bible always utilizes its background for its own theological purposes. But is every allusion to a heathen legend presented only to debunk it with a revealed truth, which is completely different from the original legend?

Perhaps not! Perhaps it is appropriate to acknowledge that biblical writers might have, at times, incorporated an ancient tradition in a way which to us is less then understandable or inconsistent with other biblical traditions. An example of such a mishap would be in adopting the ancient total war ideology and embracing it instead of arguing against it. Kenneth A. Gordon H. See also Atwell and Johnston cited above. Perhaps it does. That God is good is not necessarily self-evident on purely philosophical grounds, it is rather a moral or epistemic decision.

But once we decide on our present theological, epistemic or philosophical grounds, through a personal revelation or through natural theology! Such a path has been already taken by a number of interpreters and my own solution would be quite similar. What has led the biblical writer to adopt these horrible traditions? A similar response was given by Levenson to Pixley, who reads the exodus story from a liberationist perspective.

The liberation of Exodus does not even Gale A. Thomas B. Dozeman Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, , , Dozeman, Craig A. Evans, and Joel N. Lohr Leiden: Brill, , 27, , passim.

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Thiselton, The Two Horizons, Ricoeur, Interpretation Theory, This text is parallel to Jon D. Ex ; , not by its social or economic status. Before, or after the exodus? See a similar point in Eugene H. Gordon J. Alan R. Millard and Donald J. Levenson, The Hebrew Bible, The question is not why are there multiple names of God, but when did God made His name known. Levites that are mentioned in the Torah often have Egyptian names. This leads Friedman to propose a smaller exodus of which only the tribe of Levi took part.

After their arrival to Canaan, Levites had spread their Yahwistic religion among the local worshipers of El. Rasiah S. This view is also adopted by Pixley from Gottwald and Mendenhall. During this period, Canaanite cow-cities were exploited and nomadic peoples iden- tified as Habiru and Shasu were constantly decimated as a potential threat for Egyptian profit.

Mark W. Chavalas and Murray R. Eric M. See also James K. Ex n. The early exodus tradition is therefore not securing ethnical homogeneity, but detonating it. My critique of both Levenson and Pixley would be that they do not define the exodus community right. It is true that 10th century Israelite settlements were econom- ically egalitarian and that many laws in Torah are aimed at preventing dispossession e. Lev and protecting the disadvantaged, but still the truth is that ancient Israelite society was most likely divided in classes.


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At least there was a class of freemen and a class of slaves Ex Chances also are that those who joined Israel in Canaan e. Gibeonites, Rahab constituted a class of townsmen. But what was then a common denominator for the people of the exodus tradition? Why have the highland Levenson, The Hebrew Bible, Richard E.

In the book of Joshua, there are both Priestly and Deuteronomic strands chs.

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