Is God xenophobic?

Is the God of the Old Testament xenophobic? Dawkins thinks so.

“The ethnic cleansing begun in the time of Moses is brought to bloody fruition in the book of Joshua, a text remarkable for the bloodthirsty massacres it records and the xenophobic relish with which it does so.”
Richard Dawkins

What is xenophobia?

“fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign”

“an aversion or hostility to, disdain for, or fear of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers”

What exactly does Yahweh command on how to treat strangers and foreigners?

Not to oppress them.

[Exo 23:9 KJV] 9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

[Deu 24:14 KJV] 14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant [that is] poor and needy, [whether he be] of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that [are] in thy land within thy gates:

[Jer 7:6 NIV] 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,

[Zec 7:10 KJV] 10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

Not pervert justice.

[Deu 24:17 KJV] 17 Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, [nor] of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:

[Deu 27:19 KJV] 19 Cursed [be] he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Have the same law for strangers as for the Jews that reside among them.

[Exo 12:49 KJV] 49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Include in the feasts.

[Deu 16:14 KJV] 14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that [are] within thy gates.

Feed them from the excess in the fields.

[Lev 23:22 KJV] 22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I [am] the LORD your God.

Feed them from the tithes.

[Deu 14:28-29 KJV] 28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay [it] up within thy gates: 29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which [are] within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Support them.

[Lev 25:35 NIV] 35 ” ‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.

Love them.

[Lev 19:34 KJV] 34 [But] the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.

[Deu 10:19 KJV] 19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

What does God do for the strangers?

God preserves the strangers.

[Psa 146:9 KJV] 9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

God loves strangers.

[Deu 10:18 KJV] 18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

God will judge those who deprive justice to foreigners.

[Mal 3:5 NIV] 5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.

Instead of God being xenophobic, in actuality, God can be considered to be xenophilic.