Installment #2 of some recently published articles over at Rappahannock Magazine
Any close reading of “Deuteronomistic” Tanach literature will show a very macho God, talking to Israel they way kings do to their vassals. The law laid out is clear-cut and non-negotiable. There are generous rewards for obedience and loyalty, but lawbreaking and “adultery” with other gods bring grave punishment. This God seems different than a Jesus who teaches mutual forgiveness and mercy, who longed to gather the children of Jerusalem together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
Why the difference?