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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 54. Does the Hebrew Bible Endorse Genocide?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44910


Yhwh’s commands to utterly destroy the Canaanites fit the definition of the crime of genocide in a 1948 United Nations convention. This is reason enough to conclude that such a deity is not worthy of worship. If not, this crucial issue must be faced squarely.

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  • James Anderson ([email protected] - Jamesanderson) 'University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas'