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May 26, 2011

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22. What tribe was Aijalon from? Jos 21:23-24 vs. 1 Chron 6:66, 69

Even if all these contradictions were irreconcilable contradictions, we’d still have a flawless message in scripture. Talk about the forest for the trees.

Joshua 21:23-24
and from the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with its common-land, Gibbethon with its common-land, 24 Aijalon with its common-land, and Gath Rimmon with its common-land: four cities;

1 Chronicles 6:66, 69
Now some of the families of the sons of Kohath were given cities as their territory from the tribe of Ephraim. … Aijalon with its common-lands, and Gath Rimmon with its common-lands.

Joshua seems to say that Aijalon was from the tribe of Dan. 1 Chronicles seems to say that Aijalon was from the tribe of Ephraim. If this bores you, blame the atheists.

Let’s line up the scriptures.

The fact that the third city from Ephraim is called by different names is a common occurrence. Even the Contradictions poster doesn’t bring it up, so we’re not going to go there.

When you line up the info we have, it doesn’t look so much like a contradiction as it does an omission. The writer of 1 Chronicles simply left out a little info. The Keil and Delitzch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament remarks on 1 Chronicles 6:66,

a whole verse has been lost, which was as follows: “And of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh and her pastures, Gibbethon and her pastures;” cf. Joshua 21:23.

Indicative of the fact is that Joshua tallies, while 1 Chronicles does not. We don’t read, in 1 Chronicles, that Ephriam gave six cities, so we’re left to conclude that 1 Chronicles is simply missing a little info.

Does the assumption open another proverbial can of worms? Do we now have to worry about other info that scripture may have left out? Can we start writing doctrines as we please, based on the silences of scripture?

Of course not. That’s why we have both accounts – Joshua and 1 Chronicles. They don’t contradict, they supplement.

Short answer: Dan

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