This week I’ve been discussing the issue of the “Canaanite Genocide” during the Israelite conquest.
Deuteronomy 20:16 states, “But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes.”
This is not a new struggle. People have long wondered why God ordered the Israelites to kill all of the Canaanites and many assume that the destruction of a whole people group, including women and children, would not be in the character of a loving God. Some equate it to problems we see today with ethnic cleansing around the world both currently and in the past century in horrific situations such as the holocaust or Islamic jihads. Read more