Paul Copan vat al die moeilike Ou Testamentiese gedeeltes – soos waar God die Israeliete vertel om hulle vyande dood te maak- en vors vir sy boek na hoe dit gesien moet word. In die onderhoud hier vertel die onderhoudvoerder oor die boek:
I am trying to think of the last time that I’ve seen so many biblical scholars – let alone Old Testament biblical scholars – endorse a book by a Christian philosopher. Your topic and thesis have been welcomed by high-profile members of that community of scholars.
Paul Copan self is ewe entoesiasties:
Surprising—and yet not surprising—is the fact that the more deeply I dug into understanding the ancient Near East, the more the biblical text made sense and the more favorable it looked in comparison to other relevant texts in the ancient Near East.
Daar is heelwat waardevolle insigte in die onderhoud, oor verskeie Bybelgedeeltes. Byvoorbeeld hierdie twee, oor slawerny en oor God as jaloers:
As far as servitude (“slavery”) goes, this was voluntary and contractual rather than forced (unless Israel was dealing with, say, hostile foreign POWs who might be pressed into service to cut wood and carry water). Yet Israel’s laws prohibited (a) kidnapping, (b) returning runaway (foreign) slaves to their masters, and (c) injuring servants. If these three Mosaic regulations were observed during by Western colonial powers, slavery would not have emerged and the nineteenth-century history of the United States would have looked much different.
In my discussion of divine jealousy, I point out how Richard Dawkins dismisses God’s jealousy as petty. Yet he ignores the profound marital language bound up with God’s covenant with Israel and the true pain God feels when his people run after other deities and/or put their trust in political alliances with other nations (idolatry).