A Canaanite Genocide?

Monday, 30 Dec 2013

To modern readers, there is an ethical problem with the biblical commands found at various points in the Old Testament to wipe out the Canaanites. Why would Israel's God, the God of Jesus Christ, order his own people to kill another people group’even a sinful people’in order to take their land? Several factors can help us understand this perplexing and sometimes ill-used injunction. First, if we think of this command as "religiously motivated violence," we forget that Israel couldn't talk about warfare, land ownership, or rulership without talking about its God, ...

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