What shall we do with the Canaanites? an ethical perspective on Genesis

Holter, Knut (2017)

CITATION: Holter, K. 2017. What shall we do with the Canaanites? an ethical perspective on Genesis. Old Testament Essays, 30(2):337-347, doi:10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n2a9.

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Colonial biblical interpretation-such as for example Moritz Merker's study of the Maasai (1904/1910), where he claims that they are historically related to the ancient Israelites-tend to see both "Israelites" and their counterparts, the "Canaanites," in the colonial, interpretive contexts. On this background, the present essay discusses a textual case, the reference to the Canaanites in Gen 12:6. It is suggested that the reference is part of a multi-voiced discourse on the role of the Canaanites, and it is concluded that the guild of biblical studies can use this discourse in relation to contemporary ethical and interpretive challenges.

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