By Eryl Wynn Davies
Eryl W. Davies discusses the ethically problematical passages of the Hebrew Bible and how students have addressed points of the bible often considered as offensive and unacceptable.
In this paintings Eryl W. Davies sums up a career's worthy of in-depth mirrored image at the thorny factor of biblical ethics reading the Bible's, now and then difficult, stance upon slavery, polygamy and maybe its so much difficult element, the sanctioning of violence and war. this can be such a lot pertinent in recognize to Joshua 6-11 a textual content which lauds the 'holy struggle' of the Israelites, anihiliting the local population of Canaan, and a textual content which has been used to legitimise the activities of white colonists in North the United States, the Boers in South Africa and right-wing Zionists in smooth Israel.
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A similar point was made by G. E. Wright, who argued that we cannot “expect to find the theology of Paul in the Books of Kings or that of Second Isaiah in the Song of Deborah” (1950:10). H. Dodd was generally critical of some aspects of the evolutionary approach to Israel’s religion and ethics, he insisted that “the final product is definitely higher, richer, truer than the beginning” (1938:255), and that the Bible witnessed to “a progressive development of religion” (257) which led to a climax in the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament.
For a discussion of these two writers and others who shared a similar view, see Rogerson 1984:188–96, and for a more detailed exposition of Maurice’s contribution in particular, see Rogerson 1995:16–54. The idea that there were stages in the development of the divine revelation in the Bible was, in fact, mooted in the previous century in Johann Philipp Gabler’s inaugural address at the University of Altdorf in 1787 (for a translation of the address and commentary, see Sandys-Wunsch and Eldredge 1980:133–58, esp.
There was no desire to renounce or discard it; it was merely quietly ignored and viewed with a studied indifference. It represented a preliminary stage in Israel’s ethical development which had now been surpassed and therefore could no longer be regarded as normative for the Christian believer. Before concluding the present chapter, it may be salutary to consider how the evolutionary strategy has been applied to the “holy war” traditions of the Hebrew Bible, for such an examination well illustrates both the strengths and weaknesses of this particular approach to the ethics of the Hebrew Bible.
The Immoral Bible: Approaches to Old Testament Ethics by Eryl Wynn Davies