First of all, a detail that Emeritus Professor Philip Davies fails to note in his recent (September 2009) op-ed. The op-ed is a Readers Digest version of an article he wrote 15 years ago, “The Bible and the Old Testament” in The Bible in Ethics: The Second Sheffield Colloquium (ed. John William Rogerson and Margaret Davies; LHB/OTS; JSOTSup 207; London: Continuum, 1995) 164-173. The article, of course, has more substance than the op-ed. Below the jump, a commentated roundup of online discussion.
Linville (whatever bad you say about the Bible, I can say better; I did not
enjoy seeing a miscreant have so much fun, it makes me want to switch)
Chris Brady (a smooth and gentle debunking)
Joel Hoffman (an inconvenient question for the professor)
Darrell Pursiful (who contrasts the point of view of Davies with that of Peter Enns)
John Hobbins (a critique that lays it on thick)
Chris Heard (engagement with the piece by Enns and with the “New Atheists”
Bruce Birch has an excellent overview of “Ethics in the OT” in the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible 2 (2007) 338-348. No mention of Davies in the entry, nor is Davies’ article cited in the extensive bibliography. That ought to be a spur to the Sheffield crowd to make their case more carefully, in more respectful dialogue with the rest of the field. A future post: a starter bibliography on the entire subject.