Category: Bible

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 3

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 3 The example of hyperbolic numbers of battle casualties employed to glorify the king / deity is closely related to the idea of hyperbole posited to give context to Joshua 10 and 11. Flannagan continues: Some examples will illustrate this. The Merneptah Stele states “Yanoam was made nonexistent; […] 

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 2

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 2  Flannagan, advances the thesis that the passages in Joshua 10 and 11 are better understood as hyperbole, a practice common in the ANE. He notes: At a recent conference at the University of Notre Dame, Philosopher Alvin Plantinga suggested a possible solution is to take this language […] 

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 1

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 1 The references in Joshua 10 and 11 to the extermination of  the Caananites pose a problem for believers, and not just because they are used by atheists to justify their assertion that the God of the OT is a “tribal, vicious, genocidal deity” that no civilised person […] 

The Days of Creation are not Consecutive Creation Events – 2

The Biblical scholar Meredith Kline, writing over 50 years ago likewise noted that reading the creation days in Gen 1 as a consecutive sequence of events places it in direct conflict with Gen 2: [It] was the work of the “third day” that the waters should be gathered together into seas and that the dry land should appear and be […] 

The Days of Creation are not Consecutive Creation Events – 1

The central core of young earth creationism – the belief that God created the entire universe in six consecutive 24 hour days 6000 years ago is false. We know that the Earth is around 4600 million years old1 while the universe is around 14 thousand million years old. This alone invalidates young earth creationism as it asserts that the Earth […] 

Adapting the Biblical Discourse to Common Usage

Biblical literalism is an untenable exegetical option, as the view of the world it obliges a consistent exegete to hold is flatly contradicted by observable reality. The Earth is approximately 4600 million years old, orbits the sun and does not have a solid firmament overhead. Life on earth did not begin suddenly approximately 6000 years ago, but began over 3000 […]