Bible study 201 – Joshua 15

This chapter describes the boundaries of the lands of the tribe of Judah, which stretches from the northern end of the Dead Sea into the Negeb desert, west of the Jordan river.

It also describes how Caleb attacks Debir and “its inhabitants”, whom Joshua was described in very unambiguous terms to annihilate in chapter 10.

At the end, there is a list of towns that are part of Judah, and a notice that Jerusalem was still not conquered (since it is to be conquered in a later book instead).

Joshua 15:22-26
… Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor), Amam, Shema, Moadah, …

Full text

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Judah’s western border probably stretches all the way to Egypt, but no Israelis are likely to have lived much west of Kadesh anyway (it’s all desert). Most of the locations mentioned in the chapter are unknown, but some have been identified with high probability. (In Ekron, for example, archeologists found a stone with the inscription “Ekron”.) These are used to identify the northern and southern borders.

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The Ekron stone.

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