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… upon learning that god dispensed manna from heaven to the Israelites (as they wandered in the desert after their exodus from Egypt), concludes that god must have been mighty angry at his chosen people.  After all, only a god furious at his people would punish them by “dumping” on them nutritious and tasty food at a price – zero! – far below that at which Israelite hunters, gatherers, or farmers could profitably compete.  A kind and loving god would have not exported any manna at all to his people – or, if he did for some mysterious reason export this valuable good to his people, he at least would have done the godly thing and charged for it an exorbitant price! (I thank David Hart for the idea of this post.) Comments

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… upon learning that god dispensed manna from heaven to the Israelites (as they wandered in the desert after their exodus from Egypt), concludes that god must have been mighty angry at his chosen people.  After all, only a god furious at his people would punish them by “dumping” on them nutritious and tasty food at a price – zero! – far below that at which Israelite hunters, gatherers, or farmers could profitably compete.  A kind and loving god would have not exported any manna at all to his people – or, if he did for some mysterious reason export this valuable good to his people, he at least would have done the godly thing and charged for it an exorbitant price!

(I thank David Hart for the idea of this post.)

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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