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Commentary on Joshua

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5,13–6,26 :

The account of the siege of Jericho embraces: (1) the command of the Lord, through his angel, to Joshua (Jos 5, 13–6, 5 ); (2) Joshua's instructions to the Israelites, with a brief summary of how these orders were carried out (Jos 6, 6–11 ); (3) a description of the action on each of the first six days (Jos 6, 12–14 ); (4) the events on the seventh day (Jos 6, 15–26 ).

6, 18 :

That is under the ban: that is doomed to destruction; see notes on Lv 27, 29; Nm 18, 14; 21, 3 .

6, 20 :

The wall collapsed: by the miraculous intervention of God. The blowing of the horns and the shouting of the people were a customary feature of ancient warfare, here intended by God as a test of the people's obedience and of their faith in his promise; cf Heb 11, 30 .

6, 25 :

From Mt 1, 5 , we learn that Rahab married Salmon of the tribe of Judah and thus became the great‐great‐grand‐mother of David, Christ's ancestor; cf Ru 4, 18–22 .

6, 26 :

He shall lose his first‐born…its gates: this curse was fulfilled when Hiel rebuilt Jericho as a fortified city during the reign of Ahab, king of Israel; cf 1 Kgs 16, 34 . Till then Jericho was merely an unwalled village; cf Jos 18, 12.21; Jgs 3, 13; 2 Sm 10, 5 .

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