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  •  The text doesn't say "Thou shalt not kill." (1+ / 0-)
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    Biblical Hebrew, like modern English, uses different words for killing (harag) and murder (ratzah. The sixth commandment--to use, since we're discussing the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish numbering of the 10 words--thus reads: "You shall not murder."

    Treating the Hebrew Bible as a literary work, it's should be reasonably clear to those without an ax to grind, that, taken as a whole, dripping with blood is not an accurate characterization. Please note that I am not trying to defend the morality of the text, merely trying to understand it.

    Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

    by another American on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 11:43:29 AM PDT

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    •  the way Christians [and my lot were lapsed (0+ / 0-)

      Lutherans] red the bible is old and new testaments and disregard a few books Luther didn't like much in the new bit.

      Its the way Christians see the bible.

      I'm a Buddhist [non theist variety] but that should not mean anything to anyone but myself.

      I have stopped reading religious texts as I find them of little use.

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