07 October 2009

The Anakim: Some more giant killing

We've finally made it to the last of God's killings in Joshua. And although this one is pretty unspectacular, it does involve some giant killing.

If you remember back in Deuteronomy, God killed everyone in the "land of the giants." Here he helps Joshua do it again.

The victims were the Anakim, who are described elsewhere in the Bible (Deuteronomy 1.28, 2.10, 2.21, and 9.2) as "a people great and tall" -- which is biblespeak for "giants".
Joshua ... cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities. There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel. Joshua 11.21-22
Since Joshua utterly destroyed all their cities and no Anakim were left alive, I estimated the number of victims to be 5000.

God's next killing: The Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites

7 comments:

matt311 said...

So... despite having wiped out all the giants in the world twice (once by flood, no less), God still needed Joshua to finish the job?

Sounds like somebody doesn't know how to clean up their own messes... ;-)

busterggi said...

Clearly he missed one who would later call himself Darth.

The Biblical Christian said...

"Sounds like somebody doesn't know how to clean up their own messes... ;-)"

It is true that God's will, such as why He chose to do certain things and why He chose to leave some other things to His people, is unknown fully. But whatever He chooses to do, He is correct.

busterggi said...

BC - How can you call someone that keeps changing his mind & screwing things up correct?

The Biblical Christian said...

"How can you call someone that keeps changing his mind & screwing things up correct?"

We are not told through the Bible why God changes His mind so much. But what is true is that He never screws up anything. Everything goes according to His plan.

David said...

"Everything goes according to His plan."


And that.. is the scary part..

Richard D said...

"And that.. is the scary part.."

I made it through 39 posts without commenting until now...and it's just to say:

LOL