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#9 Post of 2015 – Why Did Moses Separate the Virgins and Non-Virgins of Midian?

| December 11, 2015

In Numbers 31:18, Moses commands the officers of the army to kill all the women who have had sex and only keep alive the girls who are virgins. What is going here? Why would Moses give this command? In order to understand this verse, we first have to understand the background. The Midianites, under the […]

Why Is the Son of Saul’s Name Different in 2 Samuel Versus 1 Chronicles?

| October 2, 2015

The astute Bible reader will notice that the son of Saul who ruled Israel after Saul was killed is called Ish-Bosheth in 2 Samuel, but in 1 Chronicles is called Esh-Baal. What is going on? Both of these accounts are referring to the same person, so why can’t they get his name straight? Walter Kaiser […]

How Did Tiny David Defeat Giant Goliath? Part 2

| September 16, 2015

As David faces Goliath, what is his plan? How will he defeat Goliath? Malcolm Gladwell, in his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, argues that David had no plans to fight Goliath in hand-to-hand combat, as this wouldn’t play to his strength. David is a projectile warrior, not an infantryman. […]

How Did Tiny David Defeat Giant Goliath? Part 1

| September 14, 2015

Some critics have questioned how 5 feet tall David could have defeated 7 (or 10) feet tall Goliath. Isn’t this story a little far-fetched? A stone from a sling killing a giant of a man in a single blow? How can this be true? The text of 1 Samuel 17 indicates that God is with […]

Did Saul Kill All of the Amalekites?

| September 4, 2015

In 1 Samuel 15:3, Samuel commands Saul, “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” As we read the rest of the chapter, Saul tells Samuel, after the battle, “I have […]

Don’t Judges 1:8 and 1:21 Contradict Each Other?

| July 24, 2015

Judges 1:8 says, “The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.” The surface implication is that the city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed and everyone inside of it killed. Just a few verses later, Judges 1:21 says, “The Benjamites, however, failed […]

Did Joshua Kill Innocent Canaanite Adults During the Conquest? Part 3

| July 20, 2015

Clay Jones, in this blog post, provides even more evidence that God, in the Old Testament, spares those who repent of their sin. Consider the story of Sodom and Gomorrah found in Genesis. Abraham asks God: Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? […]

Did Joshua Kill Innocent Canaanite Adults During the Conquest? Part 2

| July 17, 2015

God spares those who are truly repentant, those who truly love Him. Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan, in their book Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God, offer several examples of Canaanites who were spared and who became members of Israel. First, there is Rahab, the tavern-keeper in Jericho. Copan […]

Did Joshua Kill Innocent Canaanite Adults During the Conquest? Part 1

| July 15, 2015

Some critics of the Bible complain that Joshua must have killed numerous innocent Canaanite adults during the conquest recorded in Joshua 1-12. Because of this, what Joshua did was nothing more than genocide. But the biblical picture is painted quite differently, and if we are going to accuse Joshua of killing innocent Canaanites, shouldn’t we […]

Why Does God’s Character Matter When It Comes to Interpreting Difficult Passages?

| July 6, 2015

A couple of years ago I wrote a series of blog posts on why the God of the Old Testament is worthy of worship. We looked at His mercy, His love, and His truthfulness, along with several other attributes. At the time, I had several commenters tell me that considering all the attributes of God […]

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