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Divine Evil?The Moral Character of the God of Abraham$
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Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001

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What About the Canaanites?

What About the Canaanites?

(p.269) 9 What About the Canaanites?
Divine Evil?

Gary A. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a significant moral problem raised by the Book of Joshua: Is there any way to justify the Israelites seizing of the land of another people (in this instance the Canaanites)? This chapter discusses some of the historical issues involved (archeology shows that the conquest as described did not happen) but spend most of my time with the texts themselves. This chapter begins by articulating the unique relationship Israel has to her land. The chapter then turns to the way in which Genesis 15 sets the canonical framework for reading the Book of Joshua. In brief, God is justified in evicting the Canaanites because of their sinful behavior that has gone on for centuries. God will use the same moral principles to judge Israel later in the biblical narrative.

Keywords:   Canaanites, Israel, land, Joshua, conquest, biblical narrative

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