The Inheritance


Joshua 13:8-19:51


What makes this passage a challenge to read is not the monotony – for there is plenty that can be gleaned from Genesis, chapters 5 and 11. What makes this passage a challenge to read is not the insider talk – for as much as we braced for the challenge, Leviticus, chapters 1-5 and 23 proved fascinating reading that exposed Jesus Christ. What makes this passage a challenge to read is not the twelve-fold repetition – for there was an aura of ceremony that surrounded Numbers, chapter 7.


What makes this passage a challenge to read is that most of us have no vision of where most of the named landmarks are. What IS fascinating about this passage is to note that Israel’s topography will be completely re-oriented when Israel is regathered for the end days. For when Israel is regathered, we need to re-allocate the land (Ezekiel 47:13 to 48:29). And Ezekiel’s pieces don’t fit Israel’s present topography. The earth’s land configuration will change – at least in the land of Israel.


For Joshua, I lifted this map from Wikipedia. I suggest you select a tribe and see if you can work it through. The description of Judah starts in the southeast (Joshua 15:2), and traces the south to about where the word AMALEC reads. Then, you pick up your pencil, and go to the North side of the Dead Sea


(Salt Sea in ESV)(Joshua 15:5) and draw the northern boundary. You may ask yourself why there is no mention of the Simeon exclusion until Joshua 19:1.


And I start to get fascinated by this, and all of a sudden it’s not so monotonous after all.


I don’t necessarily believe the map is accurate on all points. For instance, the “Great Sea” of Joshua 15:12 is most certainly the Mediterranean Sea. Yet somehow the cartographer thought that the Philistine claim to the land exceeded God’s claim to assign the land to the tribe of Judah. Also defying explanation is why Zebulun is land-locked in this map, though Genesis 49:13 places Zebulun by the sea. Since Genesis 49:13 talks of ships, it does not likely refer to the nearby Sea of Galilee. Genesis 49:13 also talks of Zebulun reaching north to Sidon, approximately the northwest corner of the area on the map depicted as Asher.


And I take issue with the dating on the map. I will go along with the 1050 BC date, as 1052 BC is the date that the judges ceased and Saul was installed as King. But I take severe issue with the 1200 BC date. In an earlier comment, I showed how the allocation took place in 1399 BC (give or take). To advance this date 200 years is a direct contradiction of both Judges 11:26 (for it reduces the “300 years” to at most 150 years); and a direct contradiction of 1 Kings 6:1 (construction of the Temple – 966 BC – began 480 years after the Exodus).




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