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How bad were the Canaanites?

Defending our faith Chris Sinkinson
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Some of the urns in the tophet at Carthage| photo: Flickr (archer10 – Dennis)

The Israelites original arrival in the land of Canaan, after the exodus, brought a military judgment and destruction on the inhabitants of a number of its towns – including the destruction by fire of three cities. Critics complain that surely this period represented a low point in biblical history. Weren’t the indigenous inhabitants simply peace-loving pastoralists going about their daily lives?