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Answering The Atheist
February 26, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 9

To whom were the cities of Exhtaol and Zoreah given, to Judah (Joshua 15:20,33) or to Dan (Joshua 19:40-41)? Is there a contradiction?

The cities belonged to Judah, as Joshua 15:20,33 says. If the questioner would observe the wording of Joshua 19:40-41, it would be noted that the writer does not indicate these cities are part of the tribe of Dan. Joshua wrote, "...the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol..." (KJV) These cities, having already been mentioned with the tribe of Judah, are now referred to again to help the reader understand the border (ASV) or limit (BBE) of the territory of Dan. Their southern border was at the cities of Zorah and Eshtaol.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible