12. Who Was Achan’s father?

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

jos 7:1 ≠ jos 7:24, 22:20

Joshua 7:1 But the Israelites acted unfaithfully in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the LORD’S anger burned against Israel.

Joshua 7:24 Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold wedge, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor.

Joshua 22:20 When Achan son of Zerah acted unfaithfully regarding the devoted things, did not wrath come upon the whole community of Israel? He was not the only one who died for his sin.’”

Really? How many of these are we going to have? Everyone, repeat after me, “In Hebrew ‘son’ (bēn נֵן) can mean any male descendant.”

Joshua 7:1 says that Achan was the son of Carmi and the great-grandson of Zerah. For Joshua 7:24 & 22:20 to call Achan the son of Zerah is not a contradiction, it’s just the plain, straightforward, normal way you talk about a male descendant.

The level of ignorance on the part of The Reason Project is stunning. If the New Atheists spent less time congratulating each other on how clever they are, and more time actually attempting to understand what they’re talking about, they might come across as less ignorant.

But I’m not holding my breath.

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