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Part 3: Ch.13-22: Allocating the Land

Ch.13 Land still to be taken & Land east of the Jordan

Ch.14 Main Land Allocations & Caleb's land

Ch.15 Land Allocations for Judah (& Caleb)

Ch.16 Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh

Ch.17 Allotment for Manasseh (Cont.)

Ch.18 The Seven tribes & Benjamin

Ch.19 Allotments for the other Six Tribes

Ch.20 Cities of Refuge

Ch.21 Towns for the Levites

Ch.22 Eastern Tribes Return Home



FRAMEWORKS: Joshua 16: Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh


v.1-3 Joseph's Allotment

v.5-10 Ephraim's specific area



v.1-3 Joseph's Allotment


v.1 The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel.

v.2,3  It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz), crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth, descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea.

v.4 So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance.


[Notes: Although Joseph is not normally named as a tribe, here he is honoured and then the tribal areas detailed for his two sons.]



v .5-10 Ephraim's specific area


v.5 This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans:

The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon

v.6 and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah on the east.

v.7 Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan.

v.8 From Tappuah the border went west to the Kanah Ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans.

v.9 It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites.

v.10 They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor.


[Notes: Ephraim's territory identified.]