January 11, 2007

Breadcrumb: The right to bear arms

In Ex. 17:8-16, the Israelites fight a battle against Amalek. Moses appoints Joshua as his war commander while he himself goes up on a hill and raises his arms. So long as Moses held his hands aloft, the battle went well. When he lowered them, the Israelites lost ground. Moses kept his hands up all day, and Aaron and Hur (another elder of Israel) held them up when he got tired. Meanwhile, down below, Joshua's army fought all day and conquered Amalek. In the end, guess who got the credit for the victory. (Hint: it's not Joshua.)

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