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Joshua 5-8: Israelites exterminate everyone in Jericho and Ai

Under Joshua’s command, the Israelites make flint knives and circumcise themselves.  They celebrate passover at Gilgal.  When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw the “captain of the LORD’s host”.  He prostrated himself to the captain; the captain … Continue reading

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Joshua 1-4: Crossing the Jordan

Introduction: The book of Joshua has two main components, likely by different authors.  The first describes the conquest of Canaan, and the second describes its settlement.   The book is an amalgam of many different sources from many different authors over … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 33-34: Farewell from Moses

Moses bids the Israelites farewell before dying.  He blesses every tribe individually.  For example, of Judah, he says “Hear, O LORD the voice of Judah / And restore him to his people. / Though his own hands strive for him, … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 29-32: You will be banished, then brought back

Moses speaks to Israel: You have seen the wondrous feats the LORD has performed in Egypt and along the way.  I led you for 40 years through the wilderness, but your clothes did not wear out and you never ran … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 25-28: Laws, blessings, curses

A guilty party may be lashed up to 40 times, but no more.  When two brothers live together and one of them dies, the other shall marry the first’s widow and produce a son for him.  If two men get … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 21-24: Stone disobedient sons to death

If someone slain is lying in the open, the elders of the nearest town shall take a heifer, break its neck in a river, wash their hands over the heifer, and then request that the LORD absolve the people of … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 17-20: Kill infidels, Levitical rights, kill all men in enemy town

If anybody in your settlements transgresses the covenant by worshiping other gods, you must investigate thoroughly.  If it is true, you shall take him/her to a public place and stone them to death.  If any criminal or civil case is … Continue reading

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