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1 HEBREW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Conquest of Canaan Week 12

2   Wiki: igures_identified_in_extra-Biblical_sources igures_identified_in_extra-Biblical_sources   3 3 Caveat: I know nothing about archaeology.

3 Retelling of Balaam’s story, around 800 BC. Indicates that people were familiar with this story for a long time.

4 Taken from “Merneptah Stele”, published by Ministries, M. Houdmann, P. Matthews-Rose, R. Niles, editors, 2002-06. Used by permission." Earliest exra-biblical reference to Israel yet found. Dates to ~1200BC, right at this time period.

5  From 1400 BC. (Time of Moses) Written tablets referring to Canaan and specific cities.  Scholars used to believe this time period was BEFORE man knew how to write.  Whoops.  They refer to all 5 cities of the plain from Genesis 14 (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar) – even in the same order.  Scholars used to think these cities were legendary.  Whoops.

6  Review: Tribes on east side of river?



9  God’s battle plans don’t always make sense, at first.  He doesn’t call us to understand everything; he calls us to obey anyway!  But what about Rahab? ◦ Is this an implicit endorsement of situational ethics? ◦ What about her mention in faith’s hall of fame? ◦ Why did the spies go straight to a prostitute?

10  “Honey, does this dress make my rear look big?”  The ever-famous church gunman or Gestapo agent.  Her options: ◦ Tell the truth outright: kill God’s servants. ◦ Be silent: probably going to lead to a search of her house. ◦ Swerve: “I haven’t seen them lately…” “I don’t know exactly where they are…” ◦ Lie: “They went that way!”

11  The Ten Commandments: Do not bear false witness against your neighbor… (See also Leviticus 19:11; Proverbs 6:16-19; Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9—and Rev 21:8!)  The Nature of God ◦ Hebrews 6:18 “…in which it was impossible for God to lie…” ◦ Titus 1:2 “…God, who cannot lie…” ◦ The Nature of a Lie ◦ John 8:44  Her blessings in NT: ◦ Hebrews 11:31 ◦ James 2:25  Oh yeah…she’s still a PROSTITUTE!  Now…she could just be an inn-keeper, according to the Hebrew word, but the NT clarifies: she’s a lady of the night.  …and she’s in the lineage of Jesus in Matthew 1  Is this a catch-22?  Which is “more wrong”?  Lying to the forces of evil or helping them?


13  What euphemism is used repeatedly in the OT about someone’s death?  “Gathered to his people”  Two meanings: ◦ Literally: getting shoved in the family tomb ◦ Figurative: going to meet those who’ve “gone on before” (not all uses of this phrase are with communal burial plots…)  God’s people always have understood that death isn’t final.

14  No longer extant: a book by that name from the 1700’s (AD) is not the same.  Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18  “book of the upright” or “righteous one”  Ancient Syriac OT translation: “book of praises” or “book of hymns”  Many other unknown books ◦ Some are no longer extant ◦ Some are “nicknames” for portions of scripture ◦ Some may be apocryphal

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18  The eastern tribes’ altar  The Levites’ inheritance (GOD) p.330 and 333  The LORD hardening hearts in Joshua 11 (p320)

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