February 25, 2008

Breadcrumb: Haul them bones

At the end of the book of Joshua, after Joshua had already died, we find out what eventually happened to Joseph's bones. Though his father and forefathers were buried in Canaan, Joseph had been buried in Egypt. It turns out that the Israelites carried Joseph's bones on their 40-year trek through the desert, during their conquest of the promised land, and finally were able to bury him in Shechem on the same parcel of ground the Jacob bought from Hamor all the way back in Gen. 33. It's a final coda to the book's theme of return to the promised land, not as a single family, but as a mighty nation.

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