How God can be considered to be morally good while at the same time he does things in the Old Testament that do not appear to us to be good? Examples are the imprecatory psalms and God’s command to Israel to exterminate every man, woman, and child of the Canaanites (e.g., Deuteronomy 20:12-18). Beale considers in this part of his introduction some proposed solutions to this apparent paradox. Included in this section is the first part of Beale’s fivefold approach to answer the objections against the morality of God.
Source: The Morality of God in the Old Testament (P & R Publishing, 2013), 5-10.
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