Gilbert House Fellowship #53: Joshua 12-17

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THE ISRAELITES have crossed the Jordan and defeated the giant clans in two separate campaigns through the hill countries of Judah and Israel. Today we look at the division of Canaan among the 9-1/2 tribes still waiting to occupy their inheritance. (Remember, Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh took their shares east of the Jordan.)

We struggle through long lists of Hebrew names as we read the catalog of cities and kings that would be subject to the Israelites. We also discuss the faith of Caleb in asking for Hebron, a city owned by the Anakim (descendants of the Nephilim), as his family’s portion, and contrast that with the complaints of the tribe of Ephraim and the half-tribe of Manasseh, who were apparently unhappy with their allotment because the Canaanites in the lowlands had iron chariots and the hill country was full of trees.

For great maps to help visualize the locations described in the Bible, see this collection of maps in the public domain and these high-resolution Bible study maps.


  1. Tried to download #53 Joshua 12-17 and get ‘can’t find webpage’ message.
    Can it be linked?

    Thanks, Roger

    1. Author

      Hi, Roger: Thanks for catching that! Yes, and it has.

  2. BTW, Derek, the young adult Book you were meaning to reference by Frank Peretti, was “The Tombs of Anak”. That whole 7 book series is amazing! I’ve read them all. But This one is one of the highlights! I haven’t read it again, since knowing all I do now, about the Nephilim, Divine council, the little “g” gods, & the underlying supernatural war that the entire premise of the Bible! How exciting! I’m grieved to think, we ministers have missed it, in the west, all these years; and sadly, still are, for the most part! THANK YOU & Sharon & Skywatch TV for ALL you guys do! Your work is what led me to my calling in His Kingdom & for that’, I’m eternally grateful! May YAHWEH’s shalom & blessings be poured out upon you, both!

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