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  • The Challenge of the Canaanites

    21 April 2018  by William Ford
    The negative biblical portrayal of the Canaanites appears to contrast sharply with the wider portrayal of YHWH’s relationship with humanity, and with Israel in particular, raising a challenge for reading these parts of the Bible as scripture. This article considers this portrayal by drawing together key biblical references to the Canaanites into two sections: Canaanites as a whole and as individuals.  Four potential images are evaluate
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  • Re-reading well known biblical stories

    22 July 2016  by William Ford
    There are some stories in the bible that we know very well, having heard them from Sunday school onwards. This familiarity can sometimes be a problem, as we can lose the ability to be challenged or inspired by them.[1] How do we read such stories well?[2] As an example, let us think about a very well-known story: David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. One key question to ask in reading the story is why David acted the way that he did. He is introdu
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  • The Merciful God of the Conquest?

    22 March 2016  by William Ford
    The story of the conquest of Canaan in Joshua is a central part of the biblical story of God’s salvation. However for many Christians, the portrayal of God in the conquest is one of the most difficult issues in understanding and using the Bible in the modern world. How can the picture of God commanding Israel to slaughter the Canaanites and show no mercy (Deut. 7:2; cf. 20:15-18) be reconciled with the picture of God in Christ who loved the
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