Friday, October 18, 2019

Reading for October 26th

Read Joshua 19.1-51
In 19.1-51: The other six lots.
In verses 1-9: Because its territory lies inside that of Judah (vv. 1, 9), Simeon has no boundary description.
Its towns are listed in two districts (vv. 2-6 and 7).
In verses 6-10: For Zebulun, a detailed boundary description (vv. 10-14) is followed by a town list (v. 15).
The south border is traced westward from Sarid (vv. 10-11), then eastward from the same town (v. 12).
The east border is given in v. 13 and the north border is v. 14.
In verses 17-23: Issachar is described by a town list (vv. 18-21) followed by a small portion of north boundary (v. 22).
In verses 24--31: The boundary description for Asher is confusingly mingled with items from a town list.
In verses 32-29: The boundary description for Naphtali (vv. 33-34) is followed by a town list (vv. 35-38).
In verses 40-48: Dan's move north to a new home is reported in Judges 18.
In verse 51: The priest Eleazar cast the lot at the tent of meeting, which emphasizes that all was done in accordance with the will of God.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reading for October 25th

Read Joshua 18.11-28
In 18.11-28: The lot for Benjamin
In verses 12-13: Its boundaries are described in a counter-clockwise direction (vv. 11-20).
The north border parallels that of Ephraim (16.1-3).
In verses 15-19: The south border  parallels 15.5-9 (Judah's north border) but is given in the reverse direction (west to East).
In verses 21-24: Benjamin's two districts come from the same source as those of Judah (15.21-62).
Benjamin was split by the breakup of Israel after Solomon's death (1 Kings 12).
This district describes towns located in the northern kingdom.
In verse 25-28: This district consists of towns located in the kingdom of Judah.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Reading for October 24th

Read Joshua 18.1-10
In 18.1-10: Dividing the land into seven portions.
In verse 1: So far the process of dividing the land has taken place at Gilgal (14.6).
Now it abruptly moves to the sanctuary of Shiloh, where the Lord is present in the tent of meeting.
In verses 4-5: The remaining seven tribes will engage in a lottery for territory.
In preparation, the land is divided in equitable allotments by a representative commission.
In verse 6: The division is conducted fairly by sacred lot under the Lord's supervision (compare v. 10).
In verse 9: The result of the commission's work is a document (NRSV: book) delineating the divisions by towns.
This seems to describe the source used to create chs. 18-19, in which town lists play an important part.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Reading for October 23rd

Read Joshua 17.14-18.
In 18.14-18: More territory for Joseph.
In verses 14-15: Ephraim ans Manasseh together as the tribe of Joseph complain that they have too little land.
Joshua points out that their size gives them the resources to clear the highland forests.
In verse 16: Unsatisfied, they go on to lament that the military strength of the Canaanites keeps them from settling the plains.
In verses 17-18: The large population of Ephraim and Manasseh is actually not a problem, but an opportunity for an expansive future.
In addition to clearing the forests, they will eventually drive out the Canaanites.
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Reading for October 22nd

Read Josh 17.1-13
In 17.1-13: Manasseh.
In verse 1: Elements of Manasseh tracing descent from Machir occupied territory eat of the Jordan.
In verse 2: Six clans traced descent through Manasseh's male heirs.
In verses 3-6: Five other clans descended from the female heirs of Manasseh, the daughters of Zelophehad.
Joshua fulfills the command of Moses reported in Num 27.1-11.
The south boundary parallels Ephiram's north boundary (16.6, 8).
In verses 11-12: Idealized boundaries did not always match the reality of tribal affiliation (compare 16.9).
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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Reading for October 21st

Read Joshua 16.1-10
In 16.1-10: Ephraim.
In verses 1-3: As sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh together make up the Josephites.
Their south boundary is also the north boundary of Benjamin (18.12-13).
In verses 5-9: Ephraim's north boundary is traced from its center point, first eastward and southward from Michmethath (vv.6-7), then westward from nearby Tappuah (v.8).
In verse 10: Gezer remained Canaanite until under Solomon (1 Kings 9.16-17).
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Reading for October 20th

Read Joshua 15.20-63
In 15.20-63: The towns of Judah.
In verse 20: This description was taken from an authentic source cataloging the administrative districts of the kingdom of Judah.
The remainder of this list was first used to portray Benjamin (18.21-28).
In verses 21-32: Districts are grouped and labeled geographically.
The first district is in the south (v. 21; Heb., "the Negeb").
Each district concludes with an enumeration of towns, with their villages (v. 32).
In verses 33-44: Three districts are in the the lowland (Heb., "Shephelah").
In verses 45-47: This district of Philistine towns doe snot follow the pattern and was not part of the original source document.
In verses 48-60: Other districts are in the hill country.
In verses 61-62: One district is in the wilderness.
In verse 63: Jerusalem became part of Israel only under David (2 Sam 5.6-9).
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