Reading through the Bible: day 79

Sorry for the pause again, a friend died this week. I’ve looked at comments that have come through and will work through my replies tomorrow hopefully.

Mean time…

Judges 1 – 4

Couldn’t God defeat them

Judges 1:19 is problematic, since it seems to imply that God could not defeat the “people of the valley.” Judah is said to have God on their side at the beginning of the verse, and at the end of the verse the chariots prevent Judah from defeating the valley people. I can’t see an explanation for this.

Looking unto Jesus has an answer, I’m not convinced though. The text does say that “they” couldn’t drive these people out because of the chariots. I’m not sure if this takes God off the hook if he was indeed with them.

Fighting the Maobites

There’s another problem in Judges 3:28-30. Deuteronomy 2:9 sees Moses telling the Israelites not to distress the Moabites. Obviously, they distressed the Moabites here.

The Deuteronomy text is referring to Moses and the Israelites during their travels. If you look at verse eight, it seems to be talking about that particular occasion. It doesn’t seem to be ruling out any future operations, so it doesn’t seem to be a problem.

Who killed Jabin

Judges 4:24 sees the death of King Jabin 120 years after Joshua’s death, yet Joshua killed him in Joshua 11.

Joshua defeated Jabin King of Hazor, and in Judges Jabin King of Canaan was killed, they may not be the same person. What is also possible is that the name was passed down. There was mulitple uses of one name in Egypt (Thutmose; Rameses; Seti etc.), and multiple uses in Meda-Persia (Darius). Thus the idea that the second Jabin was a grandson of the first isn’t out of the question.

What are your thoughts?


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One thought on “Reading through the Bible: day 79”

  1. “and the Lord was with them” appears to mean “they were victorious” in this context and not that the Lord was fighting their battles for them. I suppose if the Bible is supposed to be inerrant and completely inspired this might be a problem. If this section was compiled together by scribes working off of secular histories, other books of scripture, and possibly legend and/or oral history then I don’t see a problem.

    Judges 2 certainly appears to be written well after the fact by very pro-monarchy scribes working off of some older record which probably wasn’t nearly so critical of the judges.

    Jabin very well could be a royal name. I wish there were more information on Deborah and other prophetesses in the Bible.

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