I’ve been thinking about the problem of biblical violence since I wrote a critique of Paul Copan in 2008 (published in 2009). Over the last twelve years, I delievered a conference paper on the topic, I have devoted chapters to the imprecatory psalms and violence of Torah in my books What’s So Confusing About Grace? and Conversations with My Inner Atheist, and I have written dozens and dozens of articles in my blog.
However, over the last week I have finally resolved to write a book devoted to the topic. The book will focus on the problem of Yahweh War and the herem in Deuteronomy and Joshua and it will be written for a general audience. I have tentatively named it Jesus Loves Canaanites and I hope to finish it by mid-January. Barring some big change in my schedule, this shouldn’t be a problem since I have twelve years of reflections just waiting to be put down onto paper.
And now, on to the writing.