Does God Change His Mind?

Dr. Norman Solomon & Dr. David Instone-Brewer

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“God is eternal, but the way He expresses Himself has to relate to a particular language and a particular society.” Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon


Does God change his mind? Why do we seem to read different rules in different parts of the Bible?

Rev. Dr. David Instone-Brewer is a senior research fellow at Tyndale House in Cambridge. A Christian minister as well as a scholar, he has conducted extensive research on rabbinic literature and its relationship with the first-century Jewish texts known to Christians as the "New Testament." He is currently working on a major multivolume project entitled Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament as well as developing (Scripture Tools for Every Person). Dr. Instone-Brewer's other books include The Jesus Scandals: Why He Shocked His Contemporaries (and Still Shocks Today); Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context; and Moral Questions of the Bible: Timeless Truth in a Changing World.

Dr. Norman Solomon (University of Oxford) is a rabbi, interfaith consultant, scholar, and author on a wide range of topics related to ethics and theology. He has been vice president of the World Congress of Faiths and held many other prominent teaching, research, and community positions. His books include: Judaism and World Religion; Judaism: A Very Short Introduction; and Torah from Heaven: The Reconstruction of Faith.

See also Dr. Instone-Brewer's Roundtable Talk on "Rabbinic Sources and the New Testament" and Dr. Solomon's on "Jewish Ethics and the Torah."

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