Joshua 15 – “The Territory of Judah”

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I. Summary

The boundaries and cities of Judah’s territory are enumerated. Caleb conquers his land and gives his daughter Achsah in marriage to Othniel, the man who conquers Kiriath-Sepher.

II. Photo

Achsah is married off: “Caleb announced, ‘I will give my daughter Achsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.’” (v. 16)

III. Select Verses

13-17:  In accordance with the LORD’s command to Joshua, Caleb son of Jephunneh was given a portion among the Judites, namely, Kiriath-arba — that is, Hebron. ([Arba] was the father of Anak.)  Caleb dislodged from there the three Anakites: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, descendants of Anak.  From there he marched against the inhabitants of Debir — the name of Debir was formerly Kiriath-sepher —   and Caleb announced, “I will give my daughter Achsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.”  His kinsman Othniel the Kenizzite captured it; and Caleb gave him his daughter Achsah in marriage.

18-19: When she came [to him], she induced him to ask her father for some property. She dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb asked her, “What is the matter?”  She replied, “Give me a present; for you have given me away as Negeb-land; so give me springs of water.” And he gave her Upper and Lower Gulloth.

63. But the Judites could not dispossess the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so the Judites dwell with the Jebusites in Jerusalem to this day.

IV. Outline

1-12. The boundaries of Judah

13-19. Caleb’s portion

    13-14. Caleb’s portion and conquest

    15-17. Caleb’s daughter is given to Othniel for capturing Kiriath-sepher

    18-19. Caleb’s daugter requests land and is given Gulloth

20-63. The the Judahite towns

    20. Introduction

    21-32. A group of 29 towns

    33-36. A group of 14 towns 

    37-41. A group of 16 towns

    42-44. A group of 9 towns

    45-47. Ekron, Ashdod, and Gaza

    48-51. A group of 11 towns 

    52-54. A group of 9 towns

    55-57. A group of 10 towns

    58-59. A group of 6 towns

    60. A group of 2 towns

    61-62. A group of 6 towns

    63. The Jebusites remain with the Judahites in Jerusalem

V. Comment

Map of Judah from Sacred BrFor help with the geography, see the map on page 12 of A. F. Rainey and R S. Notley, The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World, Jerusalem: Carta, 2006.


VI. Works Used

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