Joshua 19 – “The Territories of Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan”

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I. Summary

Joshua allots territories of land to Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan. Joshua is given the town (Timnath-serah) he requests in the territory of Ephraim.

II. Photo

The tribe of Judah has too much land: “Since the share of the Judites was larger than they needed, the Simeonites received a portion inside their portion.” (v. 9)

III. Select Verses

9: The portion of the Simeonites was part of the territory of the Judites; since the share of the Judites was larger than they needed, the Simeonites received a portion inside their portion.

47: But the territory of the Danites slipped from their grasp. So the Danites migrated and made war on Leshem. They captured it and put it to the sword; they took possession of it and settled in it. And they changed the name of Leshem to Dan, after their ancestor Dan.

49-50: When they had finished allotting the land by its boundaries, the Israelites gave a portion in their midst to Joshua son of Nun.  At the command of the LORD they gave him the town that he asked for, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim; he fortified the town and settled in it.

51:  These are the portions assigned by lot to the tribes of Israel by the priest Eleazar, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the ancestral houses, before the LORD at Shiloh, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.

IV. Outline

1-9. The towns of Simeon, inside the territory of Judah

10-16. The boundary and towns of Zebulun

17-23. The boundary and towns of Issachar

24-31. The boundary and towns of Asher

32-39. The boundary and towns of Naphtali

40-46. The boundary and towns of Dan

47-48. Dan conquered and moved to Leshem

49-50. Joshua is given a town in Ephraim

51. Summary statement

Northern Tribes - Sacred BridgeV. Comment

For help with the geography, see the map on page 182 of A. F. Rainey and R S. Notley. The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World. Jerusalem: Carta, 2006.

VI. Works Used

(see “Commentaries” page)

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