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Yehoshua Twenty-Three: Words of Wisdom

Joshua is old, and his role in shepherding the people is finished. They’ve conquered and settled the land, and are (at least temporarily) living peacefully within it. 314 more words


Yehoshua Twenty-Two: Diaspora Judaism

Every inch of the land has been given, to the tribes and the clans and the families within the tribes. The work is done. “Then Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Menashe. 526 more words


Freedom Costs Lives

The traditional belief is that after the Fall in the garden of Eden, God sacrificed animals to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve, and that is where He got the animal skins from which He made their clothes. 1,180 more words


Yehoshua Twenty-One: Cities of the Priests

The allotment of land to the tribes is over, and now the Levites come for their inheritance as well. “And they spoke to them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, ‘The Lord commanded through Moses to give us cities to dwell in, and the open land around them for our cattle (Joshua 21:2).'” The Levites are given their cities and surrounding properties, which are spread throughout the land in the territories of the other tribes. 208 more words


Yehoshua Twenty: Cities of Refuge

A while back, we heard about a while back, there’s this concept of cities of refuge that was introduced to the people. These cities are designated places for people who accidentally committed manslaughter to go in order to escape vengeful honor killings. 210 more words


Yehoshua Nineteen: Finishing dividing the land

After Benjamin, the lot falls on Shimon. “Out of the lot of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Shimon; for the portion of the children of Judah was too much for them; therefore the children of Shimon inherited in the midst of their inheritance (Joshua 19:9).” Shimon’s territory is literally carved out of Judah’s, meaning that one tribe surrounds the other. 236 more words


Yehoshua Eighteen: Settling the land

“And the entire congregation of the children of Israel assembled at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there. And the land was subdued before them (Joshua 18:1).” It seems like the people can finally take a break from the exhausting business of conquering and finally begin living in their land. 322 more words