Joshua 16-18

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Who are Manasseh and Ephraim?  They are Joseph’s two sons that were adopted as equal tribe leaders of Israel.

The 12 sons of Jacob can be traced back to Terah, who in turn is ...

The eastern half-tribe of Manasseh had already received its inheritance, and the remaining “half-inheritance” would have been small compared with the other tribes. These one and one-half tribes together formed a large group of Israelites. Their lot fell in central Canaan, and their territory consisted of two parts: with Ephraim settling in the southern portion, and Manasseh in the northern. A single lot determined the inheritance of both Ephraim and Manasseh, which resulted in Ephraim complaining later (17:14-18).

Chapter 18.  Joshua is at Shiloh.  Find it on your land distribution map from last month.  (I don’t even know what day of the week it is right now so let me help you out)  Click here for a new copy.  Shiloh is in the Division of Ephraim.



The rest of the land is divided by the continuing process of “casting lots”.

CASTING LOTS IN THE BIBLE: What did it mean?

So you have all figured out how weird my brain is…I picture this scene like a Vegas Craps table….”C’mon, C’mon….give mamma a river or a coastline”….It WAS NOT LIKE THAT…just in my head!

BUT please pick up on:

18:3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?

Uh oh…looks like they are losing steam now that they feel “comfortable” in the land with all the major kings destroyed. I wonder if they will get lazy and start to ignore God’s commands?  So what I am hearing is “When things are going my way, I tend to ignore God?” (This is the conversation in my head, just ignore me)



3 thoughts on “Joshua 16-18

  1. Can you give a timeline of how long the process of land division took? I’m trying to imagine them sending people to survey the land and bring written reports back. Also, can you provide something to compare that size of land that makes sense to us – like it’s the size of the state of Texas or half the US? Thank you!


    1. Wow! This is very helpful! Much smaller land area than I had in my mind, so this all makes more sense to me now. Thank you so much!


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