Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," is a book-by-book tally of God's killings in the Bible. Reading Wells' book is a gruesome reminder of the Bible's flood of genocide, slaughter, massacres and murder. Wells strings yellow tape around all the crime scenes in the Bible where God's people drown, burn or suffer fatal cases of hemorrhoids.
The book kicks off with the well-known story of Noah's ark where God kills every living thing on the planet. Rarely, if ever, is the number of men, women and children sucked beneath the surface of worldwide flood ever mentioned. Christians who tend to focus on collecting animals two by two never mention that portion of the story. But, as Wells points out, the Bible is unequivocal when it comes to God’s action and intent.
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Genesis 6:7
And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. Genesis 6:17
Although the number of people drowned in the flood is not mentioned in the Bible, Wells uses the estimated population of the world at that time to set the number at 20,000,000 people drowned in the great flood. From there the book moves on to the calamity suffered by Lot to the slaughters and massacres of entire cities, that killed the elderly, men, women and children.
Wells' replay of the horrors suffered by the Egyptian people such as turning their drinking water into blood, bringing a seven-year famine upon the land and probably the most heinous act in a blood drenched Bible, the murder of all the first born of Egypt, including animals. Most of the stories are familiar to those who actually read the Bible, but there are surprises.
The book reaches into every homicidal act committed or sanction by the God of the Bible, including little noticed scripture that barely comprises a single paragraph, yet reports multiple slaughters and genocide. Wells make use of the Bible's own account of the numbers killed, which for those familiar with the holy book recognize as bragging. Using the Bible's own body count, the author places the body bags at 2, 821,364. However, the Bible doesn't always give an account of its slaughters, in which case, Wells make estimates about city size, tribe size and even family size. Even though the estimates seem low, when the final tally comes 25,000,000 lives have been snuffed by God or on his orders.
The book is written in a sarcastic fashion and is at times humorous. It is a book, most Christians wouldn't want to read even though everything in it is taken from passages in the Bible. The book is nothing more than an accounting of the the carnage that takes place in the Old Testament. Interestingly only 4 people are killed by God or by his instruction in the New Testament, quite a reversal.
Wells is the creator of The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/pr/1.html).