Rob Bell and Joshua 6
August 1, 2007 12 Comments
A good friend recently informed me that he was reading Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell, which I had previously read.
My friend’s admission made me pick up my copy of Bell’s book and leaf through it. In pages 041-042, Bell asks a series of questions regarding the following Biblical text,
They [The Israelites under Joshua] utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword… So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land. — Joshua 6:21, 27
Bell’s questions are,
God was with Joshua when he killed all those women and children? Is God really like that? What does a thinking, honest person do with a story like this?
Though Rob never answers his questions, I do wonder what he is trying to get at?