Thursday, October 21, 2010
Contradictions in Joshua Ch. 15? - First of all, I think one planning to read the Bible can skip this chapter. It's just more dividing up conquered lands to people. But, if you're interested in contradictions there's some in here.
The first one comes up in Joshua 15:20, 33. It says "this is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah ... in the valley, Eshataol and Zoreah. But then, if we skip ahead to Ch. 19:40-41, it says those cities were given to the children of Dan.
The second contradiction is actually a false prophecy. In Ex.33:2; Dt.7:1, 7:24, 9:4-6, 31:3-7; Jos.1:1-5, 3:10, 17:17-18, 21:41-43, Yahweh tells the Israelites that He will drive ALL the inhabitants out of the land for the Israelites. However, Yahweh and the Israelites can not, for the life of them, drive out those damned Jebusites! (Josh. 15:63).
And of course there's a little bit of good old fashioned Old Testament cruelty and family values. In Josh. 15:16-17, a man named Caleb offers his daughter to the person who conquers a city called Kirjathsepher. A man named Othniel, son of Kenaz, conquers the strangely named city, and so Caleb gives his daughter to him.