June 04, 2007

Breadcrumb: Playing fair

In Num. 34:16-29, Moses (at God's command, of course) appoints the men who will be in charge of dividing Canaanite land to the tribes after the conquest. Namely, the people responsible are Eleazar (the high priest), Joshua (the new commander), and one man, mentioned by name, from each tribe that will camp west of the Jordan river. Though Moses established that the tribes would receive land by lot and according to their population, these men were no doubt necessary to ensure fair play and to deal with all the details arising from settling over a million people in a new land.

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