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Manslayer

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A manslayer was a person who unintentionally took another person’s life. Such a person could flee to a “city of refuge” (20:1–6) for safety until… Read More »Manslayer

Bethlehem?

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Bethlehem? There are actually two places called Bethlehem in the Bible. The town where Ruth lived and where Jesus was born was about 5 miles… Read More »Bethlehem?

Megiddo

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Megiddo was the site of many important OT battles. It was a walled city that guarded the main road that linked Egypt and Syria. Its… Read More »Megiddo

Anakim

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Anakim were apparently a race of very tall people, descended from Anak. After the Israelites conquered Canaan, many of the Anakim took up residence with… Read More »Anakim

Mount Hermon

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Mount Hermon (13:5) represented the northern boundary of the Promised Land. At over 9,000 feet (2,743 m), its snowy peak and thick forests were home… Read More »Mount Hermon

Wineskins

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Wineskins used for storing and pouring wine (9:13) were made from the skin of a goat or other animal. Jesus uses wineskins as a metaphor… Read More »Wineskins

Ambush

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Ambush. Battles were sometimes won by deceptive military strategy rather than by brute strength. If an army had smaller numbers or was unfamiliar with the… Read More »Ambush

Jericho

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Jericho is one of the oldest cities in the world. At about 750 feet (229 m) below sea level, it is also one of the… Read More »Jericho

Circumcision

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Circumcision was widely practiced in the ancient Near East, though not by every people group. In Egypt, it was considered a rite of passage. For… Read More »Circumcision

Double walls

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Double walls. Like several other ancient cities, Jericho was most likely protected by a double wall. Poorer citizens of the city often built their homes… Read More »Double walls