Christian Carnival CCCIX

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Update: I don't usually do this, but two posts are so outstanding that I wanted to highlight them. John Howell's Does God Feel Emotions? is a very good summary of a difficult question for classical theism, which holds that God is not changed in any way by what happens in the world but yet has to deal with emotion-language in scripture.

Also, MandM's Joshua and the Genocide of the Canaanites, Part I is one of the best presentations of the view that language in the book of Joshua commanding what seems to be genocide is hyperbole, informed significantly by recent conversations by some prominent biblical scholars and philosophers of religion, many of whom are evangelicals with a high view of scripture. The one difficulty I've had with that view is Samuel's criticism of Saul in I Samuel 15, which has seemed to many interpreters to be because he didn't fulfill a literal command to destroy all the Amalekites. Someone else named Jeremy raises that point in the comments, and I think the discussion that follows is very helpful. I'm not convinced, but I think the case for hyperbole has a good chance of faring a lot better in the fact of that objection than I was thinking before I read that conversation.


Thankyou so much for the link to Matt's Joshua study. Your praise meant a lot to both of us coming from you.

Josh Howell's post definitely delivers as well so thanks for recommending it.

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