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Is God a Moral Monster? Understanding the Old Testament God
By Paul Copan
- Israel’s Mosaic code of ethics is not ideal but nevertheless presents major humanizing improvements to alternative ancient Near Eastern law codes.
- Critics’ misrepresentations of the Old Testament God reflect a failure to understand the relevant moral and literary context.
- Israel’s laws within a patriarchal setting assume the father as the legal and social point-person in the home but still reflect a fundamental male-female equality.
- Israel’s laws regarding servitude were considerably more elevating than those of the surrounding ancient Near Eastern cultures.
- Israel’s warfare against the deeply depraved Canaanite peoples was temporary, limited, and highly exceptional.
- The biblical faith has actually given shape to the very moral platform from which critics speak out against “the God of the Old Testament.”