There came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand.
(that would be a million Ethiopians)
Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude.
So the LORD smote the Ethiopians … they were destroyed before the LORD. 2 Chronicles 14.12-13
I am using the murder of one million Ethiopians to represent all of God’s murders in the Old Testament. Steve Wells documents the 158 separate instances where God either commands, condones or participates in the murder of approximately 25 million people in his book, Drunk With Blood. He also provides a complete listing and description of each of the 158 murderous events HERE. I will leave it to his website to describe each event; I will just look at the one with the highest toll. I will show beyond a doubt that it never happened. That is, I will provide yet another biblical story that is falsified. One can conclude that if any story of the bible is false, it is all false.
Population of Ethiopia
The story of killing 1,000,000 Ethiopians is an example of the ridiculous nature of all of the old testament. In order to mount an army of one million, the population would have to be at least 4 million. There were nowhere near four million Ethiopians alive at that time. Only Egypt came close to those numbers in those days. According to Colin McEvedy in his reference book “Atlas of World Population History”, Ethiopia had a population of 200,000 in 1000 BC. McEvedy makes the case that the entire continent of Africa had a population of only 6.5 million in 1000 BC with 3 million of those living in Egypt. There was no Ethiopian dynasty of over 4 million back in the times of King David.
What About Egypt?
To get to the land of the children of Israel, the Ethopians would have had to march through Egypt. Just how would this have been accomplished? How were 1 million soldiers supplied? Where did the water come from?
In addition, do you suppose that Egypt would have stood still while one million Ethiopians marched through their land. Or, did the Lord change the hearts of the Egyptians, his hated people. Remember, he was going to show them (the Egyptians) who was Lord with his plagues. He failed to do so. They still worshiped many gods, Ra chief among them. So, the Ethiopians would not even have been able to get to the Children’s promised land.
No Other Accounting of This Event
The real proof is in the total lack of any corroborating stories about the murder of 1 million Ethiopians. If their culture was advanced enough to support 4+ million people, they would be capable of recording their history. It is not there. In fact, there is no corroboration of any of the 158 murderous events that god commanded, condoned or participated in.
Of course none of the lord’s slaughters as presented in the bible ever happened. This particular story just epitomizes the ridiculous stories of the old testament. They were written to convince the Jews that their god was the only god and that they were his chosen people – how arrogant. Here is a LINK to a table that lists all 158 separate instances of god’s murders, slaughters, genocides and killings. Check it out. It makes one wonder how xians can possibly refer to god as loving and just.
This particular event, the murder of a million Ethiopians, although the largest, is typical of all the 158 times the lord had a hand in the murder of innocents. In every case, their only crime was that they were not Jews, or in some cases, they were Jews but had displeased god. For example, it makes perfect sense that god would kill 70,000 of his chosen people because David took a census.
One More… God’s 128th Murdering Event
For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. 2Chrn 28:6
Do you think that really happened? One person slewing an hundred and twenty thousand valiant men in one day? Because they had forsaken the God of their fathers?
If you think that really happened you are stupid; no other conclusion can be drawn. If you think that really happened, you need to ask yourself why you are still worshiping a god that would be a part of that. If you know it did not happen, then you have to admit that the bible does contain stories that are not true. And that is the very point of this website.