Joshua 24: So Long, Joshua

And so we reach the end of Joshua, the book and the man. In many ways, this feels like the end of the Torah: The “end” of the story that began in Genesis with Abraham and continued with Moses in Egypt and through the desert wandering. Seeing this as a significant moment, Joshua chooses his … Continue reading

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Joshua 22: Why We Desperately Need Altars Today

Have you ever heard the story of the giant altar that saved Israel from civil war? No? Neither had I. Until today. Why, oh why does no one preach on this?!? Seriously! This story is up there with Zelophehad’s Daughters and the stories of the Inclusive God in Numbers. I loved it! And we have … Continue reading

Joshua 17: Why The Tribe of Manasseh is Like The Empire from Star Wars

Everyone, listen up!

I’ve discovered gold! Metaphorical gold, but gold nonetheless. I may have stumbled upon the inspiration for a major plot point in “Return of the Jedi.”

To think, all along it was just hiding out in the Bible. There for all to see. How did no one else pick up on this yet?

Well, I think I’m a pretty generous guy so I want to share my “gold” with you. Because I like you and all. And I just wrote a sappy “Thank You” post on friday. How could I not share with you after all the nice things you said?

Ok. Are you ready? See if you can spot it.

Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh had Beth-shean and its villages, Ibleam and its villages, the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, the inhabitants of En-dor and its villages, the inhabitants of Taanach and its villages, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages (the third is Naphath). Yet the Manassites could not take possession of those towns;

Did you see it? Here. I’ll give you a little help.

. . . the inhabitants of En-dor and its villages . . . Yet the Manassites could not take possession of those towns;

Inhabitants of Endor?

Manasseh couldn’t drive them out?

Hmmmm, that sounds awfully familiar.

Here is a slightly more terrifying depiction of what really would have happened.

I’m not sure I want to think about the conquest of Canaan anymore if the part of the Canaanites will be played by Ewoks.

Joshua 12: The Post-Game Interview

(The following is an interview that took place in Israel’s locker room after their championship-round defeat of the King of Tizrah) Well Joshua, it’s been a great season. You and your team went undefeated this year. And if that weren’t enough, every one of your games was on the road. How’d you do it? Well, … Continue reading