Senior Honors Theses

Author(s)

John SmartFollow

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2013

School

School of Religion

Major

Religion: Pastoral Ministries

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Biblical Studies

Keywords

Genocide, Old Testament, War, Canaan, Canaanites

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

This study examines the warfare commanded by God during the invasion of Canaan by Joshua. These battles were examples of ḥerem warfare in which Yahweh Himself initiated and waged war against the Canaanites. Through historical and Biblical study it becomes clear that the Canaanites were an extraordinarily wicked people and God exercised great patience in dealing with them before their final destruction. Furthermore, the invasion of Canaan was instrumental in God’s larger salvation history. Sadly, pain and death are the direct ramifications of man’s sinful rebellion against God. The themes of war and condemnation are in theological continuity with the rest of the Bible, especially the return of Christ and final judgment.

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