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Bibil Identifier bibil:213040
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Beyond Divine Command Theory
Title (English, ) Moral Realism in the Hebrew Bible
Author Gericke, Jaco W.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 65, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 305-309 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Philosophical approaches to ancient Israelite religion are rare, as is metaethical reflection on the Hebrew Bible. Nevertheless, many biblical scholars and philosophers of religion tend to take it for granted that the biblical metaethical assumptions about the relation between divinity and morality involve a pre-philosophical version of Divine Command Theory by default. In this paper the author challenges the popular consensus with several arguments demonstrating the presence of moral realism in the text. It is furthermore suggested that the popular consensus came about as a result of prima facie assessments informed by anachronistic metatheistic assumptions about what the Hebrew Bible assumed to be essential in the deity–morality relation. The study concludes with the observation that in the texts where Divine Command Theory is absent from the underlying moral epistemology the Euthyphro Dilemma disappears as a false dichotomy.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v65i1.160
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ethics
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Commandment
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