It’s a theologically terrible list. Theologically empty. I agree.
The genocide charge did make me pause though. I’d always heard that about the Canaanites but never had much further thought about it as to what was real or what was symbolic / allegory or what was miraculous and what not. I remember coloring a a few scenes in one of my “Kids Bible Color Book” things as a kid, some were definitely involving Joshua (probably the stopping of the sun and moon to fight longer, which always sounded really cool).,
So, upgrading to adulthood, I figured I’d do a little research. Amazing: I did not know that the Canaanites might very well have been (or became known as) the Phoenicians, which would make a lot of sense if so.
Genetic testing between ancient people and today along with migration patterns etc, seem to establish that the Canaanites did, in fact, live on and continue living to this day at least in part, which blows my mind.
Interestingly, the justification for it went back to Noah.
These verses have been teased apart in so many ways and mixed with folklore and fable. The things the “Curse of Ham” (which was not God’s curse but Noah’s curse – an important distinction) was used to justify through the millennia is amazing and sobering. Some interesting reading in the Wikipedia.
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. (Genesis 9:22)
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed [be] Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.