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A dialogue of varied modern evangelical perspectives of genocide within the outdated testomony. Christians are frequently stunned to learn that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, commanded the whole destruction---all males, ladies, and children---of the ethnic workforce comprehend because the Canaanites. This turns out to contradict Jesus' command within the New testomony to like your enemies and do strong to each person. How can Yahweh be an analogous God because the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? What does genocide within the Bible need to do with the politics of the twenty first century? This booklet explores, in normal Counterpoints structure, the outdated testomony command of God to exterminate the Canaanite inhabitants and what that means approximately continuity among the outdated and New Testaments. The 4 issues of view provided at the continuity of the Testaments are: * robust Discontinuity --- C . S. Cowles * reasonable Discontinuity --- Eugene H. Merrill * piritual Continuity --- Tremper Longman III * Eschatological Continuity --- Daniel L. Gard The Counterpoints sequence presents a discussion board for comparability and critique of other perspectives on concerns vital to Christians. Counterpoints books tackle different types: Church lifestyles and Bible and Theology. entire your library with different books within the Counterpoints sequence.

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Rather, they are devoted to Yahweh by being placed in the sacred treasury. The juxtaposition of �rm in the sense of dedication to Yahweh (6:17-18) and in the sense of destruction (6:21) is instructive. Both are elements of Yahweh war, but in the one case the result is annihilation and in the other preservation. However, the preservation is for the benefit not of human beings but of Yahweh, for the practical maintenance of the cultus. Disregard of this aspect of Yahweh war brings most serious consequences, as is seen in the appropriation by Achan of the goods of Jericho that were to have been devoted to Yahweh alone (7:1).

14:39-45) was followed up later by a defensive conflict m which Yahweh led his armies in triump h over the Canaanites o! Arad (21 : 1 -3 ) . Shortly thereafter the Amorites under King Sihon fell to Israel (21:21- 30), a campaign describ ed in Deuteron­ omy 2:26-37 as Yahweh war. The same is true of the defeat of �ing Og of Bashan (Num. 21:31-3 5; cf. Deut. 3:1 -17) . The retal­ iatory battle against Midian (Num. 31:1-24) is also clearly Yah­ weh war, though the technical language is largely missing.

Yahweh war is war in defense of his unique demands on his people. To worship other gods is ar: act of high treason, one deserving of death (13:15). By extens10n, those who induce God's people to such disloyalty are also worthy of death. The passage followingthese prescriptions in Deuteronon:y 7 is also important to the case being made here. Here Israel is called a "holy" people, that is, one set apart for God's special purpose (7:6). They have been divinely elected and delivere� from bondage in fulfillment of the promises to the fathers.

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