Violence in the Old Testament-Part 2


So many times I hear people bashing the Old Testament, and especially the book of Joshua, for its violence. While the question is quite legitimate, I think often we fail to get our facts right about just what the book of Joshua actually says. We also fail to distinguish what the narrators tell us about the past from the point the inspired authors are making for their readers.

By the way, this was shot at the site of Hazor in Israel (cf. Joshua 11) during the Fall 2012 hostilities between Israel and Hamas. If you listen carefully, you can hear heavy automatic weapons fire in the background, and you can also see me doing grim battle with a pesky fly!

It isn’t easy being a one-man production crew!

Give it a look and see what you think…

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I'm 60 years old, professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. I love my wife of 36 years, my three adult children and children-in-law. I love our three horses, two cats, and whatever other creatures decide to call our place home. I hate mowing grass, hanging pictures or shelves, or anything involving punching or drilling holes in walls. I love my job of studying and teaching the Old Testament. I've recently contracted a fierce interest in archaeology. I also enjoy guitars, jazz, vintage firearms, airplanes, photography, drystone masonry and, visiting the lands of the Bible.