Genocide in the Old Testament

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Genocide in the Old Testament


Number of Lessons: 5Avg. Lesson Length: 14 MinutesTime Required: 3 Hours MinimumLevel: Basic


Have you or those you know ever struggled with your view of the God of the Old Testament? Is He a God of tender mercy and peace? Or is He a vengeful God of wrath and destruction? In this course, Dr. Richard Hess from Denver Seminary provides an in-depth exploration of the seemingly most violent parts of the Old Testament through analysis of biblical texts and historical artifacts. Discover what these pieces of Old Testament history reveal to us about God’s true nature.


I enjoyed the lessons and thought they were very well done.

Course Reviewed: 4 weeks ago

The course was easy to follow and presented new insights to me about genocide and God; it will provide useful information and a great source in answering the difficult questions concerning this subject.

Course Reviewed: 1 month ago


ProfessorRichard Hess, PhD
  • Hebrew Union College, PhD
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MDiv and ThM
  • Wheaton College, BA


  • Discuss why the God of the Old Testament is not a God of destruction but one of mercy and salvation.
  • Explain what the story of the flood in Genesis reveals about God’s true nature.
  • Explain how the story of Joseph provides a context for the conquest of Canaan.
  • Discuss, in detail, the conquests of Jericho and Ai and what we know about these cities and the people who lived there.
  • Explain the nature of the major battles fought in Canaan.
  • Address the issue of noncombatants in the Canaanite cities destroyed by Joshua’s army.


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