Friday, December 18, 2015

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

How Many Southward Cities of Judah Were Toward Edom?
Joshua 15:20-32 lists 36 names of towns, but at the end of the passage (NWT) says that there were “a total of 29 cities.”[1] How can this be rectified? The most obvious answer is that a scribe corrupted the number. Some commentators suggest that it is possible that only 29 of these 36 places are walled cities, but the rest are lesser settlements. However, considering the error is with numbers, I prefer the first solution.

Who Drove the Anakim From Hebron?
Joshua 11:21 (NWT) reports: “At that time Joshua wiped out the Anakim from the mountainous region, from Hebron, Debir, Anab, and all the mountainous region of Judah and all the mountainous region of Israel. Joshua devoted them and their cities to destruction.” So, why does Joshua 15:13,14 attribute the conquest of Hebron to Caleb?
I’ll allude to what I said in volume one: what the commissioner of a work commissions can be credited to him even if others do the actually work.[2] Joshua gave Hebron to Caleb; so why would the deeds directly done by Caleb preclude us from saying that Joshua did it? – Joshua 15:13, 14

[1] Hazor, while appearing a few times in the text, does not seem to be a scribal error; there were more than one “Hazor” and some towns included the word “Hazor” in their name.
[2] The Self-Harmony of the Bible, p. 8

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