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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 […] 

A Survey of Schürer’s Challenges to the Lukan Census – 7

Conclusion As the Biblical scholar I. H. Marshall observes regarding the possible solutions scholars have posed to Schürer’s challenges, These considerations show that the character of the census described by Luke is far from impossible, and hence many recent writers are prepared to admit that Luke’s description of a census reflects historical reality. The major difficulty that remains is the […] 

A Survey of Schürer’s Challenges to the Lukan Census – 6

5.  Quirinius was not the Governor of Syria during Herod the Great’s Reign Schürer’s fifth challenge is the most difficult within the current discussion. A census held under Quirinius could not have occurred in the time of Herod, for Quirinius was never governor of Syria during the lifetime of Herod.1 History knows of a single legateship of Quirinius over the […]