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Bibil Identifier bibil:211174
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Spies and Lies: Faithful, Courageous Israelites and Truthful Spies
Author Curzer, Howard J.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 187-195 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The leader of a great nation ponders the invasion of a country in the Middle East. The majority report of his intelligence agency indicates that an invasion would be a bad idea, but the leader invades anyway, citing a minority report. As predicted, the invasion runs into trouble. Later, the leader gives a distorted history of the events leading up to the war, portraying himself as blameless, and accusing the naysayers of lacking courage and faith. Of course, the leader is Moses; the incident is the Israelites’ abortive first invasion of the Promised Land; and the intelligence agency consists of twelve spies. This article presents a novel interpretation of Numbers 13-14, a hermeneutical maxim for dealing with inconsistencies between Deuteronomy and the rest of the Torah, and a political moral.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210365964
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Israelite Implantation : Conquest
Pericopes Numbers 13-14
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