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Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Table of Contents
 

    • Introduction 11
  • Part 1 Neo-Atheism
    • 1 Who Are the New Atheists? 15
    • 2 The New Atheists and the Old Testament God 20
  • Part 2 God: Gracious Master or Moral Monster?
    • 3 Great Appetite for Praise and Sacrifices? Divine Arrogance or Humility? 27
    • 4 Monumental Rage and Kinglike Jealousy? Understanding the Covenant-Making God 34
    • 5 Child Abuse and Bullying? God’s Ways and the Binding of Isaac 42
  • Part 3 Life in the Ancient Near East and in Israel
    • 6 God’s Timeless Wisdom? Incremental Steps for Hardened Hearts 57
    • 7 The Bible’s Ubiquitous Weirdness? Kosher Foods, Kooky Laws? (I) 70
    • 8 The Bible’s Ubiquitous Weirdness? Kosher Foods, Kooky Laws? (II) 79
    • 9 Barbarisms, Crude Laws, and Other Imaginary Crimes? Punishments and Other Harsh Realities in Perspective 87
    • 10 Misogynistic? Women in Israel 101
    • 11 Bride-Price? Polygamy, Concubinage, and Other Such Questions 110
    • 12 Warrant for Trafficking in Humans as Farm Equipment? (I): Slavery in Israel 124
    • 13 Warrant for Trafficking in Humans as Farm Equipment? (II): Challenging Texts on Slavery 135
    • 14 Warrant for Trafficking in Humans as Farm Equipment? (III): Slavery in the New Testament 150
    • 15 Indiscriminate Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing? The Killing of the Canaanites (I) 158
    • 16 Indiscriminate Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing? The Killing of the Canaanites (II) 169
    • 17 Indiscriminate Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing? The Killing of the Canaanites (III) 186
    • 18 The Root of All Evil? Does Religion Cause Violence? 198
  • Part 4 Sharpening the Moral Focus
    • 19 Morality without a Lawgiving God? The Divine Foundation of Goodness 209
    • 20 We Have Moved beyond This God (Haven’t We?): Jesus as the Fulfiller of the Old Testament 216
    • Discussion/Study Questions 223
    • Notes 235