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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought$
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Katell Berthelot, Joseph E. David, and Marc Hirshman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959808

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.001.0001

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And Yet, the Texts Remain

And Yet, the Texts Remain

The Problem of the Command to Destroy the Canaanites

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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought

Menachem Kellner

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on medieval exegetical and halakhic developments concerning the Canaanites. It argues that despite the fact that medieval commentators acknowledged the hermeneutical potency at their hands, they did not always use those means to reduce, or to soften, the problem raised by the Deuteronomic command to eradicate the Canaanites. It raises questions about the effectiveness of interpretation when confronting explicitly problematic texts within Scriptures.

Keywords:   Canaanites, biblical texts, halakhic, exegetical

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