What shall we do with the Canaanites? An Ethical Perspective on Genesis 12:6

  • Knut Holter VID SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY, NORWAY
Keywords: Canaanites, colonial, ethics, Genesis 12, hermeneutics, interpretation

Abstract

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 essay discusses a case, the reference to the Canaanites in Genesis 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.

Author Biography

Knut Holter, VID SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY, NORWAY

Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, VID Specialized University

Misjonsmarka 12, N-4024 Stavanger, Norway, +47 5151 6227 (o), +47 4678 4461 (c)

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Published
2017-09-01