Monday, October 04, 2004

Joshua 18

Four things are accomplished in this chapter.
  1. The Tent of Meeting is set up at Shiloh, in the territory of Ephraim, which is Joshua's tribe and just north of Jerusalem.
  2. Lots are thrown for the seven tribes that have not been allotted land.
  3. The boundaries of the tribe of Benjamin are established. It is given Jerusalem, which remains unconquered.
  4. The remaining six tribes are told not to be lazy but to take their allotments. Since many of those areas were occupied by hostile Canaanites, and since these six tribes helped their brother Israelites conquer their portions of Canaan, this seems a bit high-handed.

Jamieson points out that the location of Benjamin was prophesied by Moses in Deut. 33: 12 (

Another interesting point is the identity of the 6 tribes that are forced to fight for their land without the aid of the rest of the Israelites. Three are tribes descended from the handmaidens, Zilpah and Bilhah, and three of Leah's children, Simeon, Issachar, and Zebulun. The ones who got off easy were the children of Rachel, Benjamin and Joseph, Leah's eldest son Reuben and her fourth son Judah, and Zilpah's son Gad. Dan's inheritance is so contested that the tribe is unable to occupy it and ends up moving far to the north.


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