This chapter reflects on medieval exegetical and halakhic developments concerning the Canaanites. It argues that despite the fact that medieval commentators acknowledged the hermeneutical potency at their hands, they did not always use those means to reduce, or to soften, the problem raised by the Deuteronomic command to eradicate the Canaanites. It raises questions about the effectiveness of interpretation when confronting explicitly problematic texts within Scriptures.
|Title of host publication
|The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought
|Katell Berthelot, Joseph E. David, Marc Hirshman
|Place of Publication
|Oxford University Press (OUP)
|Number of pages
|Published - Feb 2014