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Debate on April 15th: God and Genocide in the Old Testament

The Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic “God and Genocide in the Old Testament” on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus.  The speakers are Professors Richard Hess and Tracy M. Lemos. 

The issue they will debate is whether the God of the Old Testament is a God of love and mercy or whether His command to the Hebrews to exterminate men, women, and children that belong to the Canaanite nations show him to be a violent God who favors one nation over another.  Could a God of love command the destruction of an entire people group?  Our speakers will present opposing views.  Tracy Lemos will argue that the Old Testament depicts God as a violent deity.  Richard Hess will maintain that the cultural context of the time provides a rationale for what appears to be God’s unjust command of genocide.  

Richard S. Hess is Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Denver Seminary.  Dr. Hess earned a PhD from Hebrew Union College. 

T. M. Lemos is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Huron University College, an Anglican seminary in London, Ontario, and a member of the graduate school faculty of Western University.  She received her B.A. from Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University. 


Tentative Debate scheduled for May 6th: Environmental Stewardship (final title TBA)


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