Is the Old Testament a Book of Peace?
Back to History | by Piero Scaruffi
We talk so much about "radical Islam" that one cannot help thinking "what is
the Jewish or Christian equivalent"? It's in "the Bible", and, technically
speaking, it is
the Old Testament of the Christians and the Tanakh of the Jews (pretty much
the same collection of stories). Radical Christians and radical Jews believe
the letter of this book.
The greatest genocider of all time is the god of the Old Testament, sometimes called El and sometimes Yahweh. He kills the entire humankind (except one family) in the flood (Genesis 6-8), annihilates Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19), kills 185,000 men (2 Kings 19:35), and even slaughters all the Egyptian firstborn sons (Exodus 12:29). This same genocidal god then commands the Jews to exterminate the Canaanites (Numbers 21:2-3; Deuteronomy 20:17; Joshua 6:17, 21), the Amalekites (Exodus 17:13) and the Midianites (Numbers, 31:17-18).
The people of this god (call them Jews or whatever you want to call them) kill Hamor, his son, and all the men of their village, and take their money, cattle, wives and children (Genesis 34:13-29); kill Og, his sons and all his people (Numbers 21:35; Deuteronomy 3:6); kill about 10,000 Moabites (Judges 3:29); and exterminate the people of Sihon (Deuteronomy 2:33-34).
Other massacres approved by Yahweh include: Joshua destroys Jericho and kills all its inhabitants (Joshua 6:21-27); Joshua kills 12,000 people in Ai (Joshua 8:22-25); Joshua exterminates the Gibeonites, the people of Makkedah, the Libnahites, the people of Lachish, the Eglonites, the Hebronites, and the Debirites (Joshua 10:10-39); Joshua exterminates the Anakim (Joshua 11:21-23); Elisha has 42 children killed (Kings 2:22-23); Elijah burns to death 102 men (Kings 1:10-12).
Mass murder is all over the place in the Old Testament, and rarely condemned as evil: Abimelech kills 69 of his brothers (Judges 9:5); Doeg the Edomite kills 85 priests and all the men, women and children (Samuel 22:18-19); David kills 200 Philistines to purchase his first wife with their foreskins (Samuel 18:25-27); Abishai kills 300 men (Samuel 23:18, Chronicles 11:20); Elijah kills 450 priests (Kings 18:22-40); Shamgar kills 600 Philistines (Judges 3:31); Amaziah kills 10,000 Edomites (2 Kings 14:5); Samson kills 1000 men (Judges 15:14-15); the Gideons slaughter the men of Penuel (Judges 8:15-21); the children of Levi kill 3,000 men (Exodus 32:27-29).
The teachings of the Old Testament include death by stoning (Numbers 15:32-36 and Joshua 7:19-26), beheading (Numbers 25-4), mass rape (Numbers 31:9, and especially the 32,000 virgins in Numbers 31:17-18), and human sacrifice (Leviticus 27:29, and in Numbers 31:17-18 the 32 girls who are not raped), all condoned or commanded by Yahweh.
In general, it doesn't take a computer to realize that throughout the Old Testament the number of sentences having to do with hatred is much greater than the number of sentences having to do with love.
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