What about the Canaanites?

Updated: Feb 14

Over the past few weekends, we have been talking about some Old Testament characters in the books of Joshua and Judges. As a thoughtful reader of these books will notice, there is a lot of killing and destruction by the Hebrews of the people who are living in the land.

God ordered the Israelites to “drive out” the inhabitants of Canaan from their homeland. Here we have essentially what today would be considered “ethnic cleansing.” While most people would consider it legitimate to engage in war to defend their homeland, most would not see it as legitimate to go to war to confiscate someone else’s homeland.