Israelites cut off the thumbs and big toes of Adoni Bezek.
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Book of Judges Opens Up With Some Intense Bloodshed, Torture (Judges Chapter 1) - With the Book of Joshua behind me, I thought I'd have a fresh new outlook. But who am I kidding? This is the Old Testament.
As soon as Joshua dies, the people of Israel ask "How are we going to get the Canaanites we DIDN'T already kill!?! (not verbatim)." And so Yahweh, aka God Almighty, nominates the young warlord Judah. So right off the bat, Chapter 1 mentions the transition of power from Joshua to Judah. And Judah is one crazy mofo.
In Bezek, they slaughter 10,000 Perizzites and Canaanites - they find Adoni Bezek (above image) and cut off his big toes and thumbs. Adoni says something odd. He says, "After having their toes and thumbs cut off, I fed 70 kings from under my table."
I'm not sure what that means, and the picture in my head is ridiculous, but that's what it says (Judges 1:7).
The Israelites then attacked Jerusalem (remember, this is before Jerusalem was their's) and killed everyone in the city and set the city ablaze. And the list grows. The Israelites slay people "in the mountain", "in the valley", "in the south", a town called Kirjaphsepher (which was taken on a dare), another town called Zephath, the Gaza coast, the Askelon coast, the Ekron coast, the city of Bethel, and on an on. You get the idea. There's lots of carnage.
But remember, this carnage is because Yahweh (aka God) promised to drive everyone out for the Israelites. But wait, even God is having a bit of problem with the people "in the valley". Not even Yahweh could drive them out because they have "iron chariots". In fact, the rest of the chapter from 1:26 on, is just a list of towns that couldn't be taken.
I like a good war story every once and a while, but this is ridiculous. And, that was just Chapter 1!