We saw in my prior post that we have no reason to believe that any of the adults were good in the territory that God ordered Israel to conquer. Not even one. But in some towns the Lord ordered that Israel kill all of the animals–”everything that breathes.” (e.g., Deut. 13:15; 20:16). Why kill the Canaanites’ animals?
The Canaanites Had Sex with Animals
There should be no surprise that bestiality would occur for the Canaanites since the god they worshiped practiced it. From the Canaanite epic poem, The Baal Cycle we learn:
Mightiest Baal hears; He makes love with a heifer in the outback, A cow in the field of Death’s Realm.
He lies with her seventy times seven, Mounts eighty times eight; [She conceiv]es and bears a boy.1
I wonder if they wore “WWBD?” (What Would Baal Do?) bracelets? Continue reading
- Mark S. Smith, trans. Ugaritic Narrative Poetry, Simon B. Parker, ed., (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 1997), 148. In the same volume see also “Baal Fathers a Bull” Simon B. Parker, trans., 181-186 and “A Birth” Simon B. Parker, trans. 186-187. Albright says that in “the light of several Egyptian accounts of the goddess, unquestionably translated from an original Canaanite myth” that Baal raped Anath while she was in the form of a calf. W. F. Albright, Yahweh and the God’s of Canaan: A Historical Analysis of Two Contrasting Faiths (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1968), 128-129. [↩]