Thank you for the insights, Piqua. One thing I just want to clarify is that Abraham's family had lived in a place called Charan, which is where Abraham's father died. His father, Terach, was from Ur Kasdim (Genesis 12) and mother was from Canaan. After his father died, he returned to his mother's homeland as I understand it. I want to further research the history of Israelite wars and understand the points you bring out. It is hard to understand how a 'loving God' could not only allow the genocide of millions of his children (Native American,Jewish, etc)but command annihilation of other people as well. I have read that these people had inhumane practices such as torture and sacrificing children in fire, in other parts of the bible. It says in Deuteronomy that their abominations are the reason for such a harsh commandment, yet the oldest Hebrew commentaries (Talmud) state that peace overtures had previously been made to the Amorites by Moses and to the Canaanites by Joshua. One group of Canaanites, the Girgashites, voluntarily left and were not attacked. The Hebrew commentaries to Deut. 20:10 state in several places that even among the Canaanites, anyone willing to abandon whatever these abhorent practices were, would be spared. The history mentions that many did join the Israelite nation as converts or Noahides but they eventually introduced the Israelites to idol worship--one of the abominations God had supposedly wanted to root out of the land with annihilation...thus the continuing saga of the Jews in the OT.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 16:05