Sunday, September 26, 2004

Joshua 14

As the previous chapter established the inheritance east of the Jordan as laid down by Moses, this chapter establishes the inheritance west of the Jordan as laid down by Joshua, Eleazar the priest and the heads of the tribes.
In this chapter, we learn that the conquest of Canaan to this point has taken five years, since Caleb says he was 40 when he first scouted out the land and now, after 40 years in the desert, he is 85.

As reward, Caleb is granted the Anakite hill town of Hebron and he promises to drive out other Anakite groups. Hebron is associated with Mamre, the site of Abraham's grave (

We are told that Caleb is a Kennizite, apparently descended from Kenaz (,, making him a descendant of Esau and not an Israelite. Thus it would seem that the original promise of God to Abraham in Gen. 15:18 has been somewhat modified.

We are told the land then had rest from war, but this appears not to be the case. Rather, it seems the Israelites have sown themselves into a field of brambles and will spend many years subjugating the other peoples yet undefeated.


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