chapter  7
DCT/SMU AND THE COMMANDMENT TO WIPE OUT AMALEK
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Quite apart from the Akedah, discussed in Chapter 6, the Torah contains a number of commandments and episodes that, prima facie at least, are profoundly troubling from the perspective of morality. Most problematic of all are those in which God appears to permit, or even command, the killing of innocent people, including children. The instance that I shall focus upon in this chapter is a central one: the Torah’s command to wipe out the Amalekites.1