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Joshua 8:30

    Joshua 8:30 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then Joshua built an altar unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, in mount Ebal,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Joshua put up an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, in Mount Ebal,

    Webster's Revision

    Then Joshua built an altar unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, in mount Ebal,

    World English Bible

    Then Joshua built an altar to Yahweh, the God of Israel, in Mount Ebal,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD, the God of Israel, in mount Ebal,

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 8:30

    Then Joshua built an altar - This was done in obedience to the express command of God, Deuteronomy 27:4-8 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 8:30

    The account of this solemnity is very brief. An acquaintance with Deuteronomy 27 is evidently presupposed; and the three several acts of which the solemnity consisted are only so far distinctly named as is necessary to show that the commands of Moses there given were fully carried out by Joshua.

    It is difficult to escape the conviction that these verses are here out of their proper and original place. The connection between Joshua 8:29, and Joshua 9:1, is natural and obvious; and in Joshua 9:3, the fraud of the Gibeonites is represented as growing out of the alarm caused by the fall of Jericho and Ai. It is, moreover, extremely unlikely that a solemnity of this nature in the very center of the country should be undertaken by Joshua while the whole surrounding district was in the hands of the enemy; or that, if undertaken, it would have been carried out unmolested. "And the strangers that were conversant among them" Joshua 8:35, were present at it. The distance fromm Gilgal in the Jordan valley to Mount Ebal is fully 30 miles, unless - as is unlikely - another Gilgal (Deuteronomy 11:29 note) be meant; and so vast a host, with its non-effective followers Joshua 8:35, could certainly not have accomplished a march like this through a difficult country and a hostile population in less than three days. Moreover in Joshua 9:6; Joshua 10:6, Joshua 10:15, Joshua 10:43, the Israelites are spoken of as still encamping at Gilgal.

    It is on the whole likely that, for these and other reasons, this passage does not, in our present Bible, stand in its proper context; and it has been conjectured that the place from which these six verses have been transferred is the end of Joshua 11:The "then" with which Joshua 8:30 opens in our present text may well have served to introduce the account of the solemnity on Gerizim and Ebal at the end of the record of Joshua's victories, to which indeed it forms a suitable climax.