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"When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted(and) that the wall fell" (Joshua 6:20). This is due to Joshua and the people of Israel once they entered the Promised Land known as Canaan. As the Lord commanded they entered the property and defeated all of the cities there, starting with Jericho. The story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho is a famous one. Everybody who's ever attended Sunday school has heard this famous Biblical account. What's overlooked in Sunday school is the passage after the walls fall down, "They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it -- men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys" (Joshua 6:21). This is one of the more difficult passages in the Bible. It raises many questions, questions that aren't readily answered. In fact, scholars now still debate them. Reading this section of the Bible, located in Joshua chapter 6, you ask yourself: how can we worship a God who permits His own people to slaughter innocents? How can the Israelites justify breaking one of the Ten Commandments (or 'expressions' as would be the more precise translation)? If God is just, then how can he allow the slaughter of innocents? Is God truly a simply god? These are the questions that come up if the slaughter at Jericho is brought up. Further apparently brutal violence is located within God's own individuals. Should you read on an Israelite named Achan enjoys some of this bounty out of Jericho if God commanded them not too. He was stoned along with his whole family! God seems to be a savage, harsh god in these passages. How is it when he's supposed to be the God of compassion, love and mercy? Israel, in this stage in their background is quite young as a country and a people. Really, it.