Locust of Control
Originally Posted by jpfriction
I remember questioning one of my theology profs about what possible reason there could be for God to force the pharaoh to keep being a dick.
His answer basically boiled down to "Probably a translation issue". He used that one a lot. Old Testament God was a jerk, man, own it.
Documentary Hypothesis folks argue that the plague story is likely two stories stitched together. In one version, Pharaoh is a jerk of his own free will. In the other version, Pharaoh wants to let them go, but yhwh wants to have a big display of his power, so he forces Pharaoh to be a jerk. If that hypothesis is correct, it means there are two competing conceptions of yhwh in this story, and the version which is more powerful is also the version which is more cruel.