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Joshua 18:28

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18:28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city 1  (that is, Jerusalem), 2  Gibeah, and Kiriath – a total of fourteen cities and their towns. 3  This was the land assigned to the tribe of Benjamin 4  by its clans.

1 tn The word “city” is supplied in the translation for clarification.

2 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

3 tn The structure of this list presents problems. In v. 28 no conjunction appears before “Haeleph” or “Kiriath” in the Hebrew text. This suggests they should be compounded with the preceding names, yielding “Zelah Haeleph” and “Gibeah Kiriath” respectively. This results in a list of only twelve cities, however, while the summary statement (v. 28) gives the number fourteen. One should note, however, that the city lists in chap. 15 do not consistently use the conjunction before the name of each city. See also Josh 19:7, where no conjunction appears before “Rimmon,” but the summary assumes that Ain and Rimmon are distinct.

4 tn Heb “This is the inheritance of the sons of Benjamin.”



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