Is there a Biblical Mitzvah of Genocide?

This shiur was given within the context of a study of Sefer Yehoshua.  We studied the various Biblical texts that outline the Mitzvot of wiping out the memory of Amalek as well as expelling the seven Canaanite nations.

While there is no doubt a strand of traditional Jewish thinking that reads these as simple and straightforward commandments to destroy an entire people, there are other ways to read this material.

Here you can find a list of the Biblical citations that we worked with.

Here you can find the Rabbinic and Halakhik material that we discussed in the shiur.

In addition, here is the auidio of the shiur itself:

A Mitzvah of Genocide – Hadar – 2 10 10

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