By Peter Enns
Proficient as an evangelical Bible pupil, Peter Enns enjoyed the Scriptures and shared his devotion, educating at Westminster Theological Seminary. however the additional he studied the Bible, the extra he came upon himself faced by way of questions which can neither be replied in the inflexible framework of his non secular guide or accredited one of the conservative evangelical neighborhood. Rejecting the more and more complicated highbrow video games utilized by conservative Christians to "protect" the Bible, Enns used to be conflicted. is that this what God relatively calls for? How may well God's plan for divine suggestion suggest ignoring what's rather written within the Bible? those questions finally rate Enns his task -- yet additionally they opened a brand new non secular direction for him to persist with. The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns's religious odyssey, how he got here to determine past restrictive doctrine and discovered to embody God's be aware because it is absolutely written. As he explores questions revolutionary evangelical readers of Scripture quite often face but worry voicing, Enns finds that they're the very questions that God wishes us to think about -- the essence of our religious study. Read more...
summary: expert as an evangelical Bible pupil, Peter Enns enjoyed the Scriptures and shared his devotion, educating at Westminster Theological Seminary. however the extra he studied the Bible, the extra he chanced on himself faced via questions which can neither be spoke back in the inflexible framework of his spiritual guideline or accredited one of the conservative evangelical group. Rejecting the more and more complex highbrow video games utilized by conservative Christians to "protect" the Bible, Enns was once conflicted. is that this what God rather calls for? How may well God's plan for divine suggestion suggest ignoring what's fairly written within the Bible? those questions ultimately rate Enns his task -- yet additionally they opened a brand new religious course for him to stick with. The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns's non secular odyssey, how he got here to work out past restrictive doctrine and realized to include God's note because it is de facto written. As he explores questions revolutionary evangelical readers of Scripture more often than not face but worry voicing, Enns finds that they're the very questions that God desires us to think about -- the essence of our non secular examine
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Earlier in the Bible (book of Numbers), the Israelites are told by God to wage war against the Midianites for their role (this gets confusing) in leading the Israelite men to have sex with Moabite women and worshipping the false god Baal a few chapters earlier. They also kill all the boys (wouldn’t want them to grow up to breed and be soldiers). That is horrific enough, but they also divide up the virgin women/girls among the soldiers and the rest of the community as spoils of war. And God doesn’t step in and put a stop to it.
To make sure they get it right this time, God outlines specific marching orders—and if you’re not convinced by now that the Canaanites are done for, maybe this will help. And here’s what you’re going to do. You can k eep the women, children, livestock , and anything else for yourself as spoils of war. Otherwise you may be tempted to worship other gods. No need to be afraid to attack and kill, because God will be right there with them making sure they come up winners. He will stand watch as they run their swords through every living thing in Canaan: men, boys, infants, someone’s grandmother, or pregnant wife, and even livestock.
Remember those thirty-one Canaanite towns listed in the book of Joshua (plus four other towns on the other side of the Jordan River)? Of those sixteen, two or three, maybe four, cities show signs of violent destruction at or around the time when Joshua and his army would have been plowing through Canaan (thirteenth century BCE, about two hundred years before the time of King David). That’s it. The towns on the other side of the Jordan River, in Moab, don’t look like they were even occupied at the time.