Vengeance on the midianites the lord said to moses, take vengeance on the midianites for the israelites. The news media, which shapes so much of public opinion, is securely in. The genocide of indigenous tasmanians was considered the only true genocide in english colonial history hughes, 1987, p. The word genocide was used in indictments at the nuremberg trials, held from 1945, but solely as a descriptive term, not yet as a formal legal term. I was holding them up and carrying them for a long time.
In the bible, words having to do with killing significantly outnumber words having to do with love. Plutarch tells us that catos call ended his every speech in the roman senate, on any. As formulated, a christian who believes the bible is gods word must deny that genocide is wrong. Here are the top ten most violent stories from the hebrew bible and the new testament. Some other books of the gospels also use apocalyptic language and forms. But perhaps the most troubling question from the old testament is god s command to kill and drive out the canaanites and perhaps even innocent onesand there are similar commands concerning the midianites and amalekites as well. But jehovah warned a great slaughter was coming and predicted the years a massive genocide of jews would happen. Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide. Learn more about the history of genocide in this article. Making sense of old testament genocide christian hofreiter. The term was derived from the greek genos race, tribe, or nation and the latin cide killing.
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain. Christian churches were deeply implicated in the 1994 genocide of ethnic tutsi in rwanda. Explaining rwandas 1994 genocide university of denver. If captain joshua can claim god commanded the israelites to kill canaanite women and children, why cant captain mason and captain. Comprised of the mishnah and the gemara, it contains the opinions of thousands of rabbis from different periods in jewish history. It may sound strange to many readers that the great tribulation is behind us.
Jun, 2009 the bible, god, genocide, slavery, misogyny, and other strange stuff god behaving badly by david t. After pulling together a pretty decent summary of bible verses about slavery, human sacrifice, and polytheism and nonyahweh magic, i thought it was time for the big one. The second experience is that of hearing of the horrors of the rwandan genocide of 1994 and being appalled by them, and at the same. Genocide in the old testament rational christianity. These pages walk you through scripture, providing helpful commentary and encouraging thoughtful interaction with god through his word. How to stop killing people on facebook stephen altrogge.
Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide adopted by resolution 260 iii a of the united nations general assembly on 9 december 1948. A challenging analysis of the book of joshua, exploring the theological insight gained by seeing the genocidal slaughter by the israelites as myth not history. White genocide is mentioned in bible end time prophecy why they hate whites the bible has the answer. The only reason the israelites were right to destroy cities in the ot is because they received a clear, direct command from god to do so.
Apr 18, 2012 terrible parts of the bible part 1 genocide most my life, i, like most people assumed the bible was a book about love, peace, tolerance and rules for a good life. The joshua delusion rethinking genocide in the bible. Some have suggested that this is a command to commit genocide. Old testament, verses where gods own violent actions of punishment are described, 100 passages where god expressly commands others to kill people, and several stories where god irrationally kills or tries to kill for no apparent reason. How could god command genocide in the old testament. Genocide, murder or any killing that is not necessary to defend another persons life is not justified. What about rape, genocide and slavery in the holy bible. Click the search button below to search the entire website including all scripture translations, comments, commentary, bible dictionary, articles, and other pages. The blue letter bible ministry and the blb institute hold to the historical, conservative christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of scripture. In the present paper, i argue that the genocide passages in the old testament provide us with a strong prima facie reason to reject biblical inerrancythat in the absence of better reasons for thinking that the bible is inerrant, a christian should conclude that god did not in fact command genocide. Chutrh involvement in the genocide can be explained in part because of the historic link between church and state and the acceptance of ethnic discrimination among church officials. And since the triune god is inherently relational, the bible says that god is loveand therefore all of his justice is ultimately born from and aiming toward love. In the hebrew bible the book of esther is placed in the third main part, that is the writings hebr.
In genesis, the first book of the bible, in chapter nine there is a story about noah and his son ham. The anchor yale bible commentaries cloth 2015 656 pp. Dr paul coulter has a background in medicine, and also holds degrees in theology and genetics. To think otherwise is the ultimate act of arrogance, putting your own mind and opinions and. Then why are only a tiny fraction of stars visible from earth. To think otherwise is the ultimate act of arrogance, putting your own mind and opinions and conceptions as the ultimate standard of the universe. Ethical criticism of the bible the case of divinely mandated. Since the text and audio content provided by blb represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not.
After leaving his medical career, he worked for six years for a church in belfast and now lectures full time for belfast bible college. The assault on theism by the socalled new atheists has principally focused on three areas. The holocaust was foretold by jeremiah introduction the holocaust of the nazis was ghastly beyond imagination. On the assumption that a good being would never command something that is truly evil, at least one of the.
Churches were a major site for massacres, and many christians par tieipated in the slaughter, including church personnel and lay leaders. That doesnt address the question satisfactorily, though, since the question is whether god as he is revealed in the bible is guilty of the genocide charge. Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it. Hebrew, the set of teachings and commentaries on the torah that form the basis for jewish law. From jesus command to love your enemies to the idea of holy war is a giant leap. No direct matches for your keyword exist in the king james bible. A list of over 700 inconsistencies in the bible umd department of. Genocide, the deliberate and systematic destruction of a group of people because of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, or race. He crossed his arms and a selfsatisfied smile spread across his face. However, the oxford english dictionary defines genocide as the deliberate and systematic extermination of an ethnic or. The book of joshua is the sixth book in the hebrew bible and the christian old testament, and is the first book of the deuteronomistic history, the story of israel. Making sense of old testament genocide christian interpretations of herem passages christian hofreiter oxford theology and religion monographs. Did god really command genocide an interview with drs.
Tony garland presents a detailed study of the book of revelation emphasizing prophetic themes from the rest of the bible which find their fulfillment in revelation. The hebrew bible and the new testament contain narratives, poetry, and instruction describing, recording, encouraging, commanding, condemning, rewarding. The true motivations for mass killings moise jean what were you doing during the spring of 1994. One is of recommending reading the bible to people only to find some of them come back repulsed by certain parts of it, especially in the old.
Chutrh involvement in the genocide can be explained in part because of the historic link. Was that just the old testament god who demanded that. The impacts of english colonial terrorism and genocide on. It is interesting that many of those who claim the bible is not a historical book and its historical narratives cannot be trusted are quick to accept the historical nature of the statements in the old testament regarding the israelites destroying the inhabitants of the land of canaan. Were you watching the solar eclipse, following the breaking news of the low speed oj simpson bronco. The book belongs to the socalled five scrolls hebr. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we l.
For the hutu who killed, the tutsi was a colonia l settler, not a neighbor. These were the words of marcus porcius cato, the censor. Search popularity is shown in blue using the scale below. In 2006 conservative rabbi jack reimer, bill clintons rabbinic counsel during his presidency, created a stir when he associated islamic fundamentalism with the biblical nation of amalek. Terrible parts of the bible part 1 genocide whistling in. Today, people worldwide receive the teaching of gods whole word in.
Genocide is a term used to describe violence against members of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group with the intent to destroy the entire group. It was a genocide by those who saw themselves as sons and daughters of the soil, and their mission as one of clearing the soil of a threatening alien presence. People like christopher hitchens, sam harris, and daniel dennett have argued, broadly, that reason is on their side, science is on their side, and morality is on their side. It describes the apocalypse, the last judgment of all the nations and people by god, which includes plagues, war, and economic collapse. Carthage, 146 bc ben kiernan delenda est carthago carthage must be destroyed. To say that the god of the bible is a fiction doesnt help answer that at all, and to say that the incidents under discussion didnt really happen is also to duck the question. Summarizes the reception of the principal herem texts within the old testament and the apocrypha, hellenistic judaism, the new testament, and in the christian era before the js came under sustained criticism by marcion. How does this affect how we interpret the bible, and particularly in regards to the stories where god seems to command genocide. But genocide always bothers me, i finally said, especially when its in the bible. It was always assumed that if more people took a page out of the bible the world would be a better place. Genocide, evolution and the bible focus magazines answer to the question. The book of revelation is full of imagery of war, genocide, and destruction. Are you all familiar with any more passages where yahweh or the israelites condone, endorse, or command acts of genocide or other massacres. This view has been quite common throughout church history, but over the last hundred years or so, many bible believing groups have adopted a different view.
Oct 28, 2017 white genocide is mentioned in bible end time prophecy why they hate whites the bible has the answer. Women in the biblelearn from great women and bad examples. No, god didnt command genocide in the old testament. To understand this controversial book, the author explores the many connections between the visions seen by the apostle john and previous prophetic revelation given to old testament.
To be honest, the bible is still one of your best sources for soap opera drama, rape and sex and violence, and genocide. And god set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. Debate at arizona state university sponsored by secular sun devils on feb. Bible verses related to genocide from the king james version kjv by relevance sort by book order 1 samuel 15. The genocide of the early 19th century in tasmania directed and organized by the government substantially eliminated the indigenous population bultin, 1993, p. As he promised, god has abundantly blessed the proclamation of his word, and dr. Just as when jeremiah preached jerusalem was going to fall the first time, the jews did. Even a casual reader of the bible notices that between the alleged divine endorsement of genocide in the conquest of. Comprehensive summary of genocide and slaughter in the bible.
Herbert did ancient israel commit genocide against the canaanites. This timeline traces the development of the term genocide and its codification into international law. What if there are fifty righteous people in the city. He seemed to think it represented some kind of spiritual strength. Genocide in the old testament will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked. How religion may have aided the massacre of over 500,000 tutsis photograph twentytwo years after the brutal ethnic cleansing that shook the very existence of humanity, the catholic church on sunday 20 th november apologised for its role in the rwandan genocide that brutally claimed the lives of over 800,000. Bible scholars suggest that ezranehemiah was finalized around 430 b. Article 1 the contracting parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of. It is clear that in the book of joshua, god commanded the jews to utterly wipe out people groups that inhabited canaan. Esther with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. Yet from the old testament through to the crusades and the inquisitions. Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime. One night, noah was in a state of drunkenness and ham entered his tent, saw his father naked, and did not honor his father by covering his nakedness.
Europeans used the bible as a justification of the plight of the african. It means that gods word comes to us mediated by a human author who uses language, figures of speech, and illustrations of his own time, place, and culture to convey gods message. One is of recommending reading the bible to people only to find some of them come back repulsed by certain parts of it, especially in the old testament. Mcgee completed his life in 1988, thru the bible was heard in 35 languages. The joshua delusion rethinking genocide in the bible by douglas s. I am becoming convinced that islamic fundamentalism, or, as some people prefer to call it, islamofascism, is the most dangerous force that we have ever faced and that it is worthy of the.
Why you dont need to make the bible relevant liz kanoy. But it is not the place to go for science and history. Bible verses related to genocide from the king james version kjv by relevance. Esther is read during the purim feast on 14th and 15th adar februarymarch. The bible introduces us to many women whose lives can teach us valuable lessons. Numbers 31 niv vengeance on the midianites the lord bible. Church politics and the genocide in rwanda 167 catholic brothers, catechists, and other church employees, and the fact that death squads attended mass before going out to kill or that killers paused during the massacres to pray at the altar3 suggests that people felt their work was consistent with church teachings. The late ironage people of the bible were in many backward and primitive people of their time, so their book obviously going to be a little twisted, backward and primitive. Lamb early this week we started to take a look at whether god is guilty of genocide, in various places in the old testament where he commanded israel to destroy certain nations. God alone has the right to take human life in cases other than defense.1564 818 106 685 188 97 956 1668 874 592 1466 755 735 1232 986 1574 1528 1124 924 130 927 1356 277 983 1225 673 1399 286 708 1205 129