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How Genocide Can Provide a Good Moral Example for Children (via Remnant of Giants)

March 24, 2011

Deane Galbraith gives us a nice concise example of reading the biblical literature through rose-colour, moralism-tinted glasses, and how sometimes some scholarship is not too far off!

How Genocide Can Provide a Good Moral Example for Children In Numbers 13-14, God commands the Israelites to kill all the local inhabitants of Palestine, and take the land for themselves. The inhabitants are not even presented as properly human, but as Giants. Yet even in biblical passages such as this, where we might sensibly conclude that Yahweh's command for genocide is morally reprehensible, children's book writers always somehow manage to derive a nice moral from the story. For example, here's Gwen E … Read More

via Remnant of Giants

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  1. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    March 24, 2011 10:30 am

    And this, Kiddies, is the difference between the Sunday School-Flannelgraph Book of Genesis and R Crumb’s Illustrated Book of Genesis.

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