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okasha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-04-11 09:48 AM
Response to Reply #180
181. Wrong.
Let's review. This part of the discussion started with the assertion that "the Biblical god" had ordered or was otherwise responsible for several million deaths. What I've done is point out that most of those "deaths" are fictional. Both you and scott waver between "it's all made up" and "it's evidence of terrible atrocities." Pick one and stick with it.

The "massacre thy neighbor theme" is actually confined to the Deuteronomist's writings, including the fictional conquest of Canaan in Joshua and the inflation of Saul's and David's military exploits. After that, in the era of the prophets and into the New Testament, the inhabitants of both the northern and southern kingdoms were the victims of various genocides and relocations at the hands of the greater powers in the region--Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, ultimately Rome. The triumphalism disappears from the prophetic and wisdom books, which are contemporary with those various national disasters.

No, I am not "implying that God wants" any particular prevalent "something" in the Bible. I'm saying that the prevalence of various themes reflects the changing understanding/belief system of the people who wrote the passages in question, influenced by their sociopolitical circumstances. I don't see why this is difficult to understand.
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