The Old Testament and Apologetics

canaanite genocide

The next few weeks I’m changing themes from misunderstood biblical characters to Old Testament apologetics, specifically looking at some concepts or passages in the OT that often trouble people.

This week I’ll begin by looking at the issue of “the Canaanite Genocide.” In the book of Joshua, God commanded the Israelites to destroy the Canaanite cities and slaughter the inhabitants—including men, women, and children. Stories like this tend to offend our moral sensibilities and may turn away non-Christians from our faith. So, how should Christians respond?

I believe we need to approach topics like this with great care. This includes careful reflection and deliberation as we engage with our culture.