I’m working on my Sex and Violence in the Hebrew Bible paper, and I came across something that messed me up.
I’m reading Show Them No Mercy, 4 View on God and Canaanite Genocide and its set up good. Four different scholars write about their views on the genocide and violence in the Hebrew Bible and then the other three respond to their essay. One essay by Daniel Gard states this, “the nation of Israel was not unique…in the ancient Near East. They were following the practices of other nations, which practiced their own equivalent of herem (genocide).”
Here is C.S. Cowles reply.
“The examples he cites, however, occurred three to four centuries after the Conquest. Thus, it was no Israel who followed “the practices of other nations,” but the nations who adopted Israel’s ideology and practice. What is amazing, given the prevalence of genocide in the twentieth century, is that so few nations followed Israel’s lead. Idolatrous nations showed more compassion toward defeated enemies that the Israelites did.”