"I must also reemphasize that this analysis is superficial and the findings are by no means intended to be conclusive. Ours is a 30,000-ft, cursory
view of three texts: the Quran and the Old and New Testaments, respectively."
As he has stated the analysis is only superficial and on the surface, a particular word may well be picked up more times in one text than another. Context also plays a big part in this sort of analysis. I've not spent much time studying the Quran so can only provide a superficial analysis of that text. I do agree that there were many texts in the old testament where a group was wiped out, however, the context usually explains why. Again, to a person for whom the Biblical world view is not their purview, some of the texts do seem unduly harsh. Also the original language each of the texts was written in should be part of the analysis as English, especially, is a very vague language with one word having several meanings, depending upon context. e.g. UP, what's up, it blew up, he's up to it, and so forth.
What amazes me is when "Christians" like to defer to the old testiment (like new wine in old wine skins) when it suites them, and drift away from
the peace and love philosophy back to the "eye for an eye" one.
I think the problem is they shouldn't be part of the same book.
Marymary, your main points are right and well-said.
There is one error worth noting herein:
I disagree scholar. If the covenant had been perfect for mankind in general there would have been no need for a "saviour". As you well know some
interpret the NT and the OT as literal works to be followed or doomed. Dangerous people.
Christ is either the way the truth and the light (the only path) or he is not. It is in Jews' best interests to believe he is not and in Christians' best interests to believe that he is. They can't both be right.
Actually the covenant was perfect, we (mankind) chose to break it. In the OT the rules were set out, a good example is Deuteronomy 28. It lists the benefits and the repercussions. Christ came to fulfil the Law and "re-negotiate" the contract. It is we who have chosen to ignore said contract with the appropriate consequences.
According to scholar you were never included in the contract, not being an Israelite and all.