excerpt from Joshua and the Promised Land
by Roy H. May, Jr.
The Joshua and Promised Land stories provide powerful images for the poor who defend their land. Nevertheless, these same stories have been used to the contrary. They have been abused to justify slavery and the taking of other people's land. Unfortunately, people have even interpreted these stories as encouraging wars of extermination. They have believed that such wars are morally desirable in order to purify the world of evil. (9)
9. Susan Niditch, War in the Hebrew Bible: A Study in the Ethics of Violence (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), p. 77 (return to text)
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