Book of Joshua

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Joshua is the sixth book of the Old Testament, immediately following the Pentateuch.

It describes the Israelite conquest of Canaan by its eponymous hero.

Some have considered it one the more troubling books of the Bible due to its apparently unambiguous exhortations to the murder of civilians - for example, after Joshua has massacred the entire population of Jericho (Joshua 6:20), God instructs him to 'Do to Ai what you did to Jericho' (Joshua 8:1).

However, one should be careful to distinguish between murder for murder's sake, and being an instrument of God's wrath - the Canaanites at the time were practitioners of child sacrifice and other abominations [1]

References

  1. http://www.theology.edu/canaan.htm