The extreme violence in Sacred Scripture (particularly the Old Testament) understandably causes a lot of people problems. After all, how are we supposed to reconcile this kind of bloodshed with a loving, merciful God?
Why did He command it? How could He command it? Didn’t Jesus say to love your neighbor and pray for your enemies?
Sometimes what we read just doesn’t seem to square with who we know Him to be.
And you can’t, as some do, simply gloss over or ignore this material. We’re not. In fact, we’re going to tackle it head on with my guest, Curtis Mitch. Among his other illustrious achievements, Curtis is the main guy behind the commentary in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. He’s been living, eating, and breathing Scripture for the last 18 years on that project. It’s his full-time job.
So in this episode of the Art of Catholic, Curtis and I will discuss:
- The historical context of perhaps the darkest passage of Scripture
- Why God commanded the killing of the Canaanites…all the Canaanites in the land
- The insidious role of idolatry (both then and now)
- Why you can’t call the Conquest of Canaan genocide (it’s anything but)
- The beauty and logic of what scholars call “divine accommodation”
- The hidden mercy of God in all of this (it’s there…trust me!)
This episode will transform the way you understand God’s dealing with people in ancient times, and how He deals with us today.
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