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Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 3 (Part Four)

Who Conquered the Canaanites?
            The Bible supposedly gives the conquest of Canaan to Joshua, then to Judah. Joshua 11:23 (NWT), which says: “Joshua took control of all the land, just as Jehovah had promised Moses, and then Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel by their shares to be divided among their tribes. And the land had rest from war,” is used by the skeptic to establish their claim that the complete conquest of Canaan was accomplished by Joshua. So, Judges 1:1,2,4 (NWT) is used to contradict that, saying: “After the death of Joshua the Israelites inquired of Jehovah: “Who of us will go up to fight against the Canaanites?” Jehovah replied: “Judah will go up. Look! I am giving the land into his hand.” . . . When Judah went up, Jehovah gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands.”
The skeptic’s contention that Judges 1:4 assigns the conquest of the entire land of Canaan is misplaced. As evidenced by Judges 1:3 Judah was concerned with clearing the Canaanites who dwelt in their assigned territory, but not all the land of Canaan.

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