A Look At The Wars and Violence in the Old Testament

“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you: When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel.” Deuteronomy 32:7-8 NKJV

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“I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD” Ezekiel 25:17 NIV

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INTRODUCTION

The issue of wars and violence in the Old Testament had been taken by opponents as evidence against the morality of Yahweh. Slandering phrases ranging from “a monstrous deity” to “blood-thirsty and war-mongering god” had been levied against Yahweh.

Those who refer to themselves as Christians, from the turn of the first to the second century, who also were bothered by these issues decided to go for an hyper-radical solution by disavowing Yahweh (whom they refer to as the Old Testament God) as the true Deity. Bending the authentic Christian faith to their polytheistic beliefs, they saw another opportunity to create tension between Jesus and the God of the Old Testament. They see them as two worlds apart and that the connection between them is very negligible. They fondly refer to the Old Testament God as “Demiurge“. The name basically meaning “fashioner” or “artisan” can be traced back to Platonism. More