In a sloppy periodical piece, Ian Johnston of the Independent attempts his hand at evaluating Biblical history, while either ignorantly or deceptively propagating #FakeNews that appears to damage the historicity of the Biblical text.
The title of his hit-piece says it all: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon”. This classic straw-man fallacy leads to an unwarranted assumption that the Bible is historically incorrect for stating the Canaanites were wiped out, whereas in fact, it is explicitly stated in the Biblical text that they were not wiped out.
A 30-second Google search returns the Biblical map of the kingdom of Israel surrounded by several Canaanite people they did not conquer. A 30-minute speed read through the Bible’s books Joshua and Judges explains that they did not “wipe out” all of the Canaanites. The most famous of the Biblical Canaanites were the Philistines, who are today’s Palestinians.
If the Independent is looking for a consultant in Biblical and early church history, my CV is available on LinkedIn. But I doubt they’re interested in accuracy. Multiple readers have commented on this article showing Ian Johnston’s error. I attempted to contact him via social media without any response.