February 19, 2008
Breadcrumb: Didn't we tell you not to touch that?
In Josh. 18, we read that the tribe of Benjamin was given control of the area of the former Amorite kings, including Jerusalem. One of the cities under their control is... Jericho. Some of my readers might remember that in Josh. 6, the Israelites completely destroyed Jericho. Furthermore, in Josh. 6:26, Joshua stated that any many who tries to rebuild Jericho would be cursed, laying the foundation at the cost of his firstborn, and setting up the gates at the cost of his youngest child. This makes you wonder why Benjamin would be happy to list Jericho as one of its cities, given that they can never rebuild it. Perhaps they took pride in all the great stories they could tell about its conquest?