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Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible

Christopher Seitz

in Divine Evil?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576739
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0030
Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible

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Form-Critical and later Canonical Reading taught that texts make sense only when one attends properly to genre and to larger theological patterns in the literature, within which difficult issues like the treatment of the Canaanites must be assessed. This chapter seeks to read the Bible canonically. It questions the existence of something like a neutral ‘Hebrew Bible’ independent of Jewish tradition, on the one hand, or of a two-testament Christian Bible with its own history of interpretation, on the other. God's character is not something the Bible seeks to justify, but rather to depict truthfully.

Keywords: Canaanites; Hebrew Bible; Christian Bible; canonical reading; God's character

Chapter.  8344 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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