Category: Atrocities

Articles dealing with atrocities in the Bible.

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 3

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 3 The example of hyperbolic numbers of battle casualties employed to glorify the king / deity is closely related to the idea of hyperbole posited to give context to Joshua 10 and 11. Flannagan continues: Some examples will illustrate this. The Merneptah Stele states “Yanoam was made nonexistent; […] 

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 2

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 2  Flannagan, advances the thesis that the passages in Joshua 10 and 11 are better understood as hyperbole, a practice common in the ANE. He notes: At a recent conference at the University of Notre Dame, Philosopher Alvin Plantinga suggested a possible solution is to take this language […] 

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 1

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 1 The references in Joshua 10 and 11 to the extermination of  the Caananites pose a problem for believers, and not just because they are used by atheists to justify their assertion that the God of the OT is a “tribal, vicious, genocidal deity” that no civilised person […]