February 22, 2008

Breadcrumb: I conquered Hebron, and all I got was...

Hebron gets yet more fame in Josh. 20-21. My astute readers may recall that in Josh. 14, Hebron was given to Caleb as a reward for his long years of loyal service. In Josh. 21:11-12, the picture is nuanced a bit, as the city is also given to the Levite family of Kohathites. Eventually, it looks like they worked out a deal whereby the Levites got the city proper and the surrounding pastures, while Caleb got the fields and villages around the city. Oh, and the city was also one of the six Cities of Refuge, which meant that it would be full of unwitting murderers. In the end, it seems rather a bad deal for Caleb, who conquered it in the first place.

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