Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Conquest of Canaan: Did It Happen?, P.6

6) The Conquest in the OT

Following are passages from the book of Joshua which record the cities which are destroyed by the Israelites and which archaeologists have surveyed and excavated:

Joshua 6.21: Then they devoted all in the city (Jericho) to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

Joshua 8.17-28: Not a man was left in Ai or Bethel who did not go out after Israel. They left the city open and pursued Israel… But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction… So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.

Joshua 9.3: But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai…

Joshua 10.32: And the LORD gave Lachish into the hand of Israel, and he captured it on the second day and struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it, as he had done to Libnah.

Joshua 10.40: So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel had commanded.

Joshua 11.10-11: And Joshua turned back at that time and captured Hazor and struck its king with the sword, for Hazor formerly was the head of all those kingdoms. And they struck with the sword all who were in it, devoting them to destruction; there was none left that breathed. And he burned Hazor with fire.

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