Seemingly, the smaller-scale domestic and cultic buildings in the lower city were not similarly burned or violently destroyed, though the campaign did include the decapitation of basaltic statues of gods and kings, and probably also the smashing of ritual vessels found in the temples.The intentional nature of the desecration of these statues and vessels is clear: “This was a systematic annihilation campaign, against the very physical symbols of the royal ideology and its loci of ritual legitimation.” Moreover, Yadin went as far as to make a connection between this particular destruction and the text of Joshua 11: “This destruction is doubtless to be ascribed to the Israelite tribes, as related in the Book of Joshua.”In Sharon Zuckerman’s wonderful article that whets the appetite of all those awaiting the disclosure of Canaanite Hazor’s cuneiform archive(s), she challenges the notion that the Israelites were the actual culprits behind the destruction of the final Canaanite city of the Late Bronze Age, arguing that an internal revolt instead led to the city’s annihilation.When he was a child, his father purchased a framed poster of the Ten Commandments one of which always stood out to him: 'Thou shalt not kill.''I wondered, how in the world could a brother do such a thing?It put a horror in my heart of just killing, and as a result I took it personally: "Desmond, if you love me, you won't kill,"' he once told Larry Smith in Beyond Glory, an oral history of Medal of Honor winners.He first went overseas with the 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division in 1944, where he served as a combat medic in Guam and at Leyte in the Philippines Doss (pictured with his Medal of Honor in 1966) faced harassment from other soldiers while training in the states, due to his devotion to prayer, refusal to handle weapons and eat meat and his observation of the Sabbath.
'His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty.'Because of his ailments, he was unable to find steady work and instead devoted himself to his religion and worked with youth groups.
When tragedy strikes, they must confront the true cost of standing by their convictions.
When Mel Gibson unveiled his upcoming World War II drama about the first conscientious objector to be awarded a Medal of Honor, he had five words to describe the soldier: 'Real heroes don't wear Spandex.'Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of Seventh Day Adventist Desmond Doss, who enlists in the Army determined to save lives on the front line as a medic, but refuses to carry a gun on moral grounds.
He said that as noncombatants, 'we do not oppose war, we do not agitate against war, we do not organize against war, we make no protest against war, we are not unwilling to serve in the military organization when drafted, we are not opposed to saluting the flag, and we are not opposed to wearing our country's uniform'. That we accept as our basic view the 1954 General Conference Session action entitled, 'The Relationship of Seventh-day Adventists to Civil Government and War,' as amended at the 1954 Autumn Council, and further amended as follows: Genuine Christianity manifests itself in good citizenship and loyalty to civil government.'This partnership with God through Jesus Christ who came into this world not to destroy men’s lives but to save them causes Seventh-day Adventists to advocate a noncombatant position, following their divine Master in not taking human life, but rendering all possible service to save it.'As they accept the obligation of citizenship as well as its benefits, their loyalty to government requires them willingly to serve the state in any noncombatant capacity, civil or military, in war or peace, in uniform or out of it, which will contribute to saving life, asking only that they may serve in those capacities which do not violate their conscientious conviction.
Undoubtedly, one of the hottest topics in the field of OT biblical studies in recent years is the dating of the Exodus. Essentially, there are two prevailing positions: the early Exodus view, which contends that the Israelite Exodus transpired during the middle of the 15th century BC, and the late Exodus view, which purports that the Israelites actually left Egypt nearly 200 years later, during the 13th century BC.