The Bible is not exactly a bloodless book. It's full of disease, famine, plague and war. From Moses to Goliath, how much do you know about famous Bible battles?
The wayward Israelites set off to conquer Canaan. When they arrived at Jericho, they realized that the Canaanites had a large fortress that seemed impregnable.
Joshua was an assistant to Moses and set off to capture Jericho. But when his men arrived near the city they were stumped on how to attack the formidable walls.
Joshua ordered his men to play their trumpets loudly while marching around the walls of the city. The immense sound was so loud that the walls came tumbling down.
Seeing as how this is the brutal Old Testament, Joshua showed no mercy to Jericho's inhabitants. He killed everyone, save for a prostitute who assisted the city's destruction.
The Israelis had a history of bad blood with the Philistines, so at Aphek, both sides decided to throw down. There may have been roughly 30,000 troops on both sides, ensuring some ample bloodletting.
In a plot that would make Indiana Jones green with envy, the Philistines wanted to take the Ark of Covenant from the Israelis. The battle would turn out to be an epic confrontation.
The Israelis set off with the Ark of Covenant, certain that they could beat back any enemies. Why? They had God on their side. Or so they thought.
The Philistines slaughtered almost all of the Israelis and took the Ark of Covenant for themselves. It would be many long centuries before Dr. Jones caught up to long-lost Ark with the Nazis hot on his tail.
Armed only with a sling, David flings a stone at a massive soldier named Goliath … and he falls down dead. It was the beginning of David's legend, one that would survive for centuries.
David's rationale was that armor simply caused exhaustion -- better to be quick and nimble against larger but slower opponents.
A sling and stone don't sound very dangerous by modern standards, but in biblical times they were indeed quite threatening. In the right hands, slings could zip sizable rocks at enemies with fatal force.
After ten plagues, the Pharaoh agreed to let Moses and the Israelis leave Egypt. But as they were heading down the path, the Pharaoh changed his mind and decided to pursue them.
The Israelites were pinned by the Egyptians on one side and the Red Sea on the other. They were surely doomed.
God parted the Red Sea, leaving dry land and a path for the Israelites to escape. The Egyptians unwisely pursued … and God collapsed the waters of the sea, killing them all.
In the early 2nd millennium BC, the Battle of Sidim became a legend for the ages. It's also sometimes called the War of the Nine Kings.
There would be no quarter for the Southern forces on this fine day. They were driven back into a valley strewn with tar pits -- and many unfortunate soldiers met their ends in the sticky mess.
To the victors go the spoils. Once the Northern forces won out, they entered the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and took their riches.
The Battle of Mount Zemaraim found the Israelis fighting the Kingdom of Judah. As the story goes, more than 1 million men fought in this epic clash.
The Battle of Mount Zemaraim was reportedly a horrific and bloody ordeal. Supposedly, half a million Israeli troops were slaughtered in combat.
Following the Battle of Mount Zemaraim, the king of Judah set out to unify Judah and Israel. But he failed … and the two sides would ultimately fight time and again in subsequent decades.
The Canaanites had no intention of stepping aside for the Israeli wanderers. They grabbed weapons and prepared for war.
Joshua led his men through the night and they surprised the Canaanites while they were sleeping. The battle was a rout.
As if watching their comrades get slaughtered wasn't enough, the few remaining Canaanite troops rain straight into a hailstorm sent by God. Talk about a rough Monday!
As the Battle of Refidim took hold, the Jews were on their way to the Promised Land. What happened next is chronicled in the Book of Exodus.
Moses commanded the Jewish army. As the legend goes, when Moses raised his arms toward the sky, the Jewish forces surged forward. When his tired arms failed, the enemy had the upper hand.
The long-suffering Jews finally came out ahead in combat. They won the battle … and the Amalekites would essentially vanish from history.
At the Battle of Michmash, Israelites once again found themselves fighting the Philistines. Thousands of men clashed in this biblical beatdown.
Jonathan, the son of King Saul, commanded the forces of Israel in the Battle of Michmash. They fought with swords, javelins and chariots.
The sneaky Jonathan and his men killed the Philistines before they could react. This day belonged to the Israelites.
As the Israelites attacked, a powerful earthquake struck, causing bewilderment among the Philistines. The few survivors hastily fled from King Saul's army.