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Joshua – Chapter 18
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The Tribes of Judah and the sons of Joseph were settled in their territory, as were the Tribes with land in Trans-Jordan. Since Levi did not have a territory, this left seven Tribes waiting to receive their portions. Joshua had each of these Tribes select three members who would survey the land and describe its […]
Joshua – Chapter 17
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Continuing the territory of Joseph’s sons, the Navi moves on the half of the Tribe of Menashe that did not settle in Trans-Jordan. Elazar the High Priest and Joshua were now approached by the daughters of Tzelofchad. You may recall that these five women approached Moshe in parshas Pinchas, saying that their deceased father had […]
Joshua – Chapter 16
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A short chapter – a mere ten verses – starts a description of the territory of the sons of Joseph. Their territory extended from the Jordan opposite Jericho to Beth-El. In addition to their own territory, Ephraim had cities that extended into the territory of Menashe. Canaanite residents remained in Gezer, one of these cities, […]
Joshua – Chapter 15
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The Navi now details the land given to each Tribe. Judah’s territory was in the south. It extended from the Mediterranean Sea on the west to the Dead Sea on the east. Jerusalem was at the northern end of Judah’s territory, which extended southward into the Negev desert. The division of the land started with […]
Joshua – Chapter 14
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The remaining nine and a half Tribes were assigned their portion by lottery. But wait! If two and a half Tribes got their inheritance on the eastern shore of the Jordan (2.5), and the Tribe of Levi has no portion of land (+1), and nine and a half Tribes got land by lottery (+9.5), that’s […]
Joshua – Chapter 13
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While the majority of it is discussed passingly over the course of two chapters, the conquest of the land actually took seven long years. After seven years of battles to acquire the land, Joshua spent seven years dividing the land and settling it among the Tribes. Joshua divides the land on the west of the […]
Joshua – Chapter 12
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The Navi now gives a list of kings defeated by Israel. First it lists those defeated by Moshe on the other side of the Jordan: Sichon and Og. Then it lists those conquered by Joshua, totaling thirty-one. The Navi lists the thirty-one kings in an odd, apparently redundant, fashion. It says, “The king of Jericho, […]
Joshua – Chapter 11
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Hearing about Joshua’s conquest of the southern cities, the kings of the northern cities became quite scared. They formed a coalition against Israel under the leadership of Yavin, king of Chatzor and set up camp by the waters of Merom. G-d told Joshua that He would deliver the Canaanite forces into Israel’s hands and that […]
Joshua – Chapter 10
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Adoni-Tzedek, king of Jerusalem got wind that the Gibeonites made a pact with Joshua and he was very displeased. He contacted other local kings to join him in an attack on Gibeon. When five kings attacked, the Gibeonites sent messengers to Joshua asking for help. Joshua obliged and was victorious. G-d Himself joined the battle, […]
Joshua – Chapter 9
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When the people of Gibeon heard about what happened in Jericho and Ai, they got scared. They decided to use subterfuge to seal a pact with Joshua. They dressed up in worn out clothes and took old, dried out supplies so that they would look as if they had just come from a long journey. […]