Charlie Trimm, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae | August 11, 2022

God, Genocide and Biblical Interpretation (with Charlie Trimm)

Did God sanction genocide in the Old Testament?  The biblical passages concerning the Israelites and Canaanites are some of the most challenging texts in all of Scripture and have been a major stumbling block for people interested in Christian faith and a difficult one for followers of Jesus to answer.  Join Scott and Sean as they talk with Talbot colleague and OT professor, Dr. Charlie Trimm, as he lays out the various options for how to think about these perplexing texts in his most recent book, The Destruction of the Canaanites God, Genocide and Biblical Interpretation.

Dr. Charlie Trimm is Associate Professor Old Testament and Chair of the Undergraduate Department of Old Testament.  He is the author of Fighting for the King and the Gods: A Survey of Warfare in the Ancient Near East, and Understanding Old Testament Theology: Mapping the Terrain of Recent Approaches


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Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell