Was Joshua’s Slaughter of the Canaanites Morally Justified? Part 2: Locker Room Talk

Was Joshua’s Slaughter of the Canaanites Morally Justified? Part 2: Locker Room Talk April 28, 2020

TRUMP’S “LOCKER ROOM” TALK

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane… to October 7, 2016:

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The Washington Post has obtained an extremely crass recording…on which Donald Trump converses with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about women aboard a bus on the set of Days of Our Lives. Among the things Trump says:

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything.” …

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.

[from a SLATE article, emphasis added:

Trump Was Recorded in 2005 Bragging About Grabbing Women “by the Pussy”]

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This infamous video recording made it appear that Donald Trump was a sexist, a Male Chauvinist Pig, to be precise.  But “the Donald” disagreed.  He respects and admires women, and treats them as equals to men.  His words quoted above were just “locker room” talk, he protested.

However, it was obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that Donald Trump was indeed a sexist and a Male Chauvinist Pig, and that this was exceedingly clear long before the video tape became public knowledge.

The video recording was simply a very graphic and disturbing reminder of what was already known about Trump and his attitude towards women.  Nobody but a complete fool would believe that his comments were just “locker room” talk, and that his comments did not reflect his disgusting sexist attitude towards women.

 

JEHOVAH’S “LOCKER ROOM” TALK

Let’s go back a bit further in time, to after the Israelites had left Egypt, and were on their way across the desert headed for the Jordan river.

Jehovah had some advice for his people, the Israelites, before they entered the land on the other side of the Jordan river, and Moses delivered Jehovah’s advice to them:

1 When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and occupy, and he clears away many nations before you—the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations mightier and more numerous than you—
2 and when the Lord your God gives them over to you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy.  Deuteronomy 7:1-2  (New Revised Standard Version, emphasis added).

According to the book of Joshua, Joshua and the army of Israel followed the above guidance from Jehovah:

19 There was not a town that made peace with the Israelites, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon; all were taken in battle.
20 For it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts so that they would come against Israel in battle, in order that they might be utterly destroyed, and might receive no mercy, but be exterminated, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.   Joshua 11:19-20 (New Revised Standard Version, emphasis added)

Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still upon Gibeon by John Martin

 

Jehovah wanted the Canaanites to be “utterly destroyed” and “exterminated” and shown “no mercy” by Joshua and the army of Israel.  But to “utterly destroy” and “exterminate” the Canaanites would mean killing men, women, teenagers, children, and babies!  Surely, the loving and merciful Jehovah would never command such a horrible mass-killing of civilians.

According the book of Joshua, that is exactly what Joshua proceeded to do, with the help of the army of Israel:

15 On the seventh day they rose early, at dawn, and marched around the city [Jericho] in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.
16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city.
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20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat; so the people charged straight ahead into the city and captured it.
21 Then they devoted to destruction by the edge of the sword all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys.  Joshua 6:15-16 & 20-21 (New Revised Standard Version, emphasis added)

21 When Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city [Ai] and that the smoke of the city was rising, then they turned back and struck down the men of Ai.
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24 When Israel had finished slaughtering all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and when all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai, and attacked it with the edge of the sword.
25 The total of those who fell that day, both men and women, was twelve thousand—all the people of Ai.
26 For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the sword, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.   Joshua 8:21 & 24-26 (New Revised Standard Version, emphasis added)

Jericho and Ai were not the only cities where Joshua and the army of Israel “utterly destroyed” and “exterminated” all of the inhabitants, “men and women, young and old”.  Chapter 10 of the book of Joshua gives us a laundry list of other cities and towns where Joshua led mass-killings by the army of Israel:

28 Joshua took Makkedah on that day, and struck it and its king with the edge of the sword; he utterly destroyed every person in it; he left no one remaining. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.
29 Then Joshua passed on from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, to Libnah, and fought against Libnah.
30 The Lord gave it also and its king into the hand of Israel; and he struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it; he left no one remaining in it; and he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.
31 Next Joshua passed on from Libnah, and all Israel with him, to Lachish, and laid siege to it, and assaulted it.
32 The Lord gave Lachish into the hand of Israel, and he took it on the second day, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it, as he had done to Libnah.
33 Then King Horam of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua struck him and his people, leaving him no survivors.
34 From Lachish Joshua passed on with all Israel to Eglon; and they laid siege to it, and assaulted it;
35 and they took it that day, and struck it with the edge of the sword; and every person in it he utterly destroyed that day, as he had done to Lachish.
36 Then Joshua went up with all Israel from Eglon to Hebron; they assaulted it,
37 and took it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and its king and its towns, and every person in it; he left no one remaining, just as he had done to Eglon, and utterly destroyed it with every person in it.
38 Then Joshua, with all Israel, turned back to Debir and assaulted it,
39 and he took it with its king and all its towns; they struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed every person in it; he left no one remaining; just as he had done to Hebron, and, as he had done to Libnah and its king, so he did to Debir and its king.
40 So Joshua defeated the whole land, the hill country and the Negeb and the lowland and the slopes, and all their kings; he left no one remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.     Joshua 10:28-40 (New Revised Standard Version, emphasis added)

Chapter 11 of the book of Joshua provides us with more mass-killings by Joshua and the army of Israel:
1 When King Jabin of Hazor heard of this, he sent to King Jobab of Madon, to the king of Shimron, to the king of Achshaph,
2 and to the kings who were in the northern hill country, and in the Arabah south of Chinneroth, and in the lowland, and in Naphoth-dor on the west,
3 to the Canaanites in the east and the west, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the hill country, and the Hivites under Hermon in the land of Mizpah.
4 They came out, with all their troops, a great army, in number like the sand on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.
5 All these kings joined their forces, and came and camped together at the waters of Merom, to fight with Israel.
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8 And the Lord handed them over to Israel, who attacked them and chased them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim, and eastward as far as the valley of Mizpeh. They struck them down, until they had left no one remaining.
10 Joshua turned back at that time, and took Hazor, and struck its king down with the sword. Before that time Hazor was the head of all those kingdoms.
11 And they put to the sword all who were in it, utterly destroying them; there was no one left who breathed, and he burned Hazor with fire.
12 And all the towns of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua took, and struck them with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded.
13 But Israel burned none of the towns that stood on mounds except Hazor, which Joshua did burn.
14 All the spoil of these towns, and the livestock, the Israelites took for their booty; but all the people they struck down with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed.
15 As the Lord had commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.    Joshua 11:1-5, 8, 10-15 (New Revised Standard Version, emphasis added)

Just as Donald Trump and the IDIOTS who admire him excused Trump’s shockingly sexist words by saying they were just “locker room” talk, many Christians and Jews try to defend and excuse the direction of Jehovah through Moses as being “locker room” talk by the creator of the universe.

But nobody with two brain cells to rub together should believe such B.S.  There was already plenty of evidence showing that Jehovah was cruel and violent and placed very little value on human life.  The slaughter of the Canaanites is simply the most graphic and shocking evidence showing Jehovah to be a cruel and violent tyrant.  As one comment recently stated:  Jehovah LOVES blood.

In part 3 of this series, I will begin to present the OTHER evidence of the morally flawed character of Jehovah, evidence that, even setting aside the slaughter of the Canaanites, shows that Jehovah was a cruel and violent tyrant.  The slaughter of the Canaanites is just one of the most glaring and shocking examples of Jehovah’s awful words and awful behavior.

Just as Trump’s comments cannot rationally be excused as frivolous “locker room” talk, so the guidance of Jehovah to slaughter the Canaanites cannot be excused as frivolous “locker room” talk either.  Such excuses and justifications could have a chance of being reasonable ONLY IF the previous words and behavior of the person in question were above reproach, and cannot possibly be reasonable given the strong evidence to the contrary.


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