Study Guide

Book of Joshua Chapter 21

Chapter 21

Priests Can Have Homes Too

  • Finally, the moment that everyone's been waiting for: the Levitical cities.
  • We know you were starting to worry about where the priests will live.
  • The short of it is that the Levites, though receiving no inheritance of their own, are still able to build towns and cities amid the lands of other tribes.
  • The Israelites give the Levites 48 cities all together. In case you're bad at math, this is a multiple of twelve. And, in case you're bad at remembering things, there are twelve tribes… and twelve apostles… and twelve days of Christmas.
  • The text claims that Israel settled into the land of Canaan without any strife after the war, which doesn't quite add up with all of the battles we've been reading about. Maybe it's just a bit of clarification that, with God on your side, it's all good at the end of the day.

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