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The Second Battle at Ha-ai Aosh 8:1-29) and the Trial of Achan (7:10-26)

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The juxtaposition of two passages is a prima facie basis for seeking possible analogy. This is all the more so when the two narratives are components of a larger literary unit as is the case with the account of the trial of Achan in Joshua 7 and the second battle at Ha-Ai in Joshua 8. In each, Joshua is the protagonist of the story. The presence of a lengthy lexical string depicting a rarely attributed motif in two passages is a prima facie basis for finding an analogy, as is the presence of a common formula at the same point in each narrative respectively, in this case at its close. The key here is Hamlin's resolution of the matched cairns through the prism of a duality: the two cairns signify that Israel has two enemies, one internal and one external.

Keywords: Achan; Ha-Ai; Joshua



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