But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will leadthis people across and
will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”
And so, the job of genocide was divinely passed on from Moses to his successor, Joshua.Joshua sought to complete the task that Moses had left undone. It is recorded in the most sacredJewish holy book, the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament of Christianity), that God Himself commanded Joshua to ﬁnish the genocide of the natives living on the other side of the Jordan River:
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun,Moses’ aide:
“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the JordanRiver into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.
I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.
Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, theEuphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Great Seaon the west.
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, soI will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore totheir forefathers to give them.”The city of Jericho stood between Joshua and the land he was to conquer. As one city after anotherfell to the sword of Judaism, the people of Jericho feared for their fate. Would they too be subjectedto ethnic cleansing?One of the natives of the city, a woman by the name of Rahab, was so fearful of the wild-eyedmassacres that the God-chosen people were known for that she said:
“I know that the LORD has given you the land,
and that your terror is fallen on us
all the inhabitants of the land are deathly afraid of you.2:10
For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you, when youcame out of Egypt; and what you did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond theJordan, unto Sihon and to Og,
whom you utterly destroyed
No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to ﬁght after hearingsuch things.”Rahab offered to hide Israelite spies, who were sent to engage in stealth jihad stealthherem. Inexchange for her services, she begged the Israelites to spare her family from the brutal massacre thatwas sure to come after the conquest of her city. Rahab implored:
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