Defending the God of the Old Testament

Matt has posted his review of Paul Copan’s new book Is God a Moral Monster?:

“Overall, Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster? is a must read for anyone interested in Old Testament ethics. It brings together important material that is otherwise scattered and demonstrates how this material responds to a line of moral criticism that has, by and large, been neglected by Christian philosophers until now. It is suitable for laymen who struggle to understand what the Old Testament is all about and provides a good example of how evangelicals can appropriate the moral teaching of the Old Testament. It is also a useful tool for scholars and Ministers as it explains and provides sources for answering many of the hard questions that arise from the Old Testament.”

While he differs with some of Copan’s conclusions, Matt adds his endorsement to a growing list of Old Testament scholars, theologians and philosophers who have heralded Copan’s book as a leading title in the discussion. Old Testament scholar Gordon Wenham has described the book as “the best defense of Old Testament ethics that I have read.”

If you need further motivation to get this book, Copan has posted some highlights from the book here and two articles by him on the subject are also available on the EPS website:

George Wood also has a good interview with Copan about the book:

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  1. Madeleine
    Madeleine says:

    Matt and Paul Copan have the following projects on the topic of Old Testament Ethics on the go currently:

    Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan “Old Testament Ethics,” Lexham Bible Dictionary (2011).

    Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan “Ethics of ‘Holy War’ for Christian Morality and Theology” Old Testament ‘Holy War’ and Christian Morality: Perspectives and Prospects, edited by Jeremy Evans, Heath Thomas and Paul Copan (Paternoster Press, 2011).

    Matthew Flannagan “Did God Command Canaanite Genocide?” Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics, edited by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig (B&H Academic 2011).

    Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan “Does the Bible Condone Genocide?” In Defense of the Bible A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture, edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder (B&H Academic, 2012).

    And they both spoke on the panel discussion "Is Yahweh a Moral Monster" alongside Richard Hess and Randal Rauser at the Evangelical Philosophical Society's session at the Society for Biblical Literature in Atlanta last November.

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