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Divine Evil?The Moral Character of the God of Abraham$
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Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001

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Reply to Fales

Reply to Fales

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(p.314) Reply to Fales
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Divine Evil?
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Christopher Seitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0032

The response from Evan Fales was difficult to assess. For the purpose of this response I will only indicate some areas of confusion and for further discussion.

1. Fales does not address historical-critical work on the Conquest and its limitations, which was a major theme of my chapter (how do diachronic methods create a plausible account of the date of the narratives in question, but avoid the moral question by breaking up the canonical presentation?). At one point he attributed to me a view I rejected: that speaking of ideal accounts from Deuteronomy did not resolve the moral problem. I nowhere called the account of Judges ideal and indeed classified it as the account historical criticism called frank and un-ideal. Fales lumps Deuteronomy and Judges together in ways that confused my account. I am not sure he understood the argument....

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