unique purpose

April 2015 (7)

“God’s purposes were for Israel to live in the land so that eventually God’s promised redemption of the world would be achieved, though this would mean dispossessing the Canaanites.  No other country in history was set apart for this purpose or party to this covenant.” 

Paul Copan & Matthew Flannagan, Did God Really Command Genocide? (Kindle location 1091).

hermeneutical factors

April 2015 (3)“Character, context, and likely purposes in making an utterance are all factors that make for a sensible interpretation.  Proper interpretation requires more than simply paying attention to words.”

  Paul Copan & Matthew Flannagan, Did God Really Command Genocide? (Kindle location 546).