reply to post by IsraeliGuy
Please justify the genocidal warfare perpetrated by the Israelites in the Tanakh, i.e. the wholesale rape and slaughter of your neighbouring nations,
as it was commanded by Yahweh.
Wars of extermination are referred to in several of Judaism's biblical commandments, known as the 613 Mitzvot:
Not to keep alive any individual of the seven Canaanite nations (Deut. 20:16)
To exterminate the seven Canaanite nations from the land of Israel (Deut. 20:17)
Always to remember what Amalek did (Deut. 25:17)
That the evil done to us by Amalek shall not be forgotten (Deut. 25:19)
To blot out the name (or memory) of Amalek (or, according to Maimonides: to destroy the seed of Amalek) (Deut. 25:19)
The extent of extermination is described in the commandment Deut 20:16-18 which orders the Israelites to "not leave alive anything that breathes…
completely destroy them …". Several scholars have characterized the exterminations as genocide.
The targets of the "extermination commandments" were the seven Canaanite nations explicitly identified by God in Deut 7:1-2 and Deut 20:16-18.
These seven tribes are Hittites, Girga#es, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Most of these descended from the biblical figure
Canaan, as described in Gen 10:15-18. In addition, two others tribes were subject to wars of extermination: Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:1-20) and
Midianites (Numbers 31:1-18). The extermination of the Canaanite nations is described primarily in the Book of Joshua (especially Joshua 10:28-42)
which includes the Battle of Jericho described in Joshua 6:15-21.
The instruction God gives in Deut 20:16-18 is for Israelites to exterminate "everything that breathes", but the precise extent of the killing varied,
as Van Wees notes.
Amalekites - 1 Samuel 15:1-20 - Israelites killed all men, women, children, and livestock.
Canaanites - (Battle of Jericho) Joshua 6:15-21 - Israelites killed all men, women, children and livestock.
Canaanite nations - Joshua 10:28-42 - Israelites killed all men, women, and children, but not livestock.
Midianites - Numbers 31:1-18 - Israelites killed all men, adult women, and boys, but did not kill virgin women or livestock.
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