Reading through the Bible: page 73

Joshua 5 – 8

The Israelites go to war

Today sees the Israelites going to war. The famous collapse of the walls of Jericho and the destruction of Ai. We also see the death of Achan and his family, which seems harsh, and I can’t offer much useful on it.

Who was Achan’s father?

In 7:1 says Carmi is Achan’s father, while 7:24 (and 22:20) tells us Zerah is his father.

Common practice in Israel was to refer to men as the son of a prominent person further back in the genealogy. This is what happened in 7:24 and 22:20. Zerah (Achan’s grandfather) is referred to for some reason. In 7:1 Carmi is referred to as literally Achan’s father.

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