Sweat the details
The thing about the story of the Israelites that keeps me hooked is the validity of it. You know those stories that have so much fluff and BS you know you're being lied to?
Example: A giant turtle carried Earth on its back and decided one day to create man, and that's where people come from.
Example: The water nymph was punished by Hera for her beauty, so she turned here into a flower. So that's where we get Lilies from.
Not so with scripture. The bible even from an critical eye of "Is this story even somewhat believable, were there a supernatural?" passes the test for me. There are a 1001 places where I would expect a mistake or a misrepresentation, or a contradiction, but I don't see it in the bible, at least not yet. One verse explains another verse, explains another. No other text I've ever read has this sort of continuity. I guess that's why the bible is still frustrating and converting even the staunchest of critics to this day. Doctors believe these stories, Presidents, Lawyers, Scientists, Engineers, Professors. You find Christians in every walk of life. Brilliant men have defended the scriptures for ages. Sir Isaac Newton may have been the smartest man since Christ himself (as in smarter than Einstein, and maybe even Tesla, seriously, read his biography) and even he was a strong defender of scripture.He certainly believed in the God of the bible, the stories of the bible, and especially bible prophecy. I think he only differed from traditional Christian doctrine when it came to the trinity. Not that it necessarily disqualifies him from "Christianhood" for as far as I know he still acknowledged the necessity of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It's like, I'm a Christian that believes Judas went to hell. There are Christians that believe Judas was forgiven and went to heaven. I'm not sure one's conclusion on that issue matters very much, whereas conclusions that stem from a perversion of the gospel or trampling on the inspiration of scripture do matter and might disqualify one from salvation (Rev 22:18-19).
Introduction aside, what gets me in this particular passage is the fact that the King of Jericho knew what was going on in his own city. He had spies and soldiers, and people talked when a foreigner entered their city. They didn't slip in and slip out unnoticed. They came in through the main gate and got noticed. They had to hide. They couldn't go back out the main gate because it was locked. They had to go out through a window via rope. They went of all places to a prostitute's house and she ended up saving them. Then this prostitute from a Canaanite pagan nation was integrated into the Israelites when she was spared.
For writers trying to make up their own history, you'd think they'd write (like all the others) of how they were descended from Kings and Queens and demi-gods. Not stiff-necked Egyptian slaves and prostitutes. This "validity" I speak of is only one of many hundreds of reasons I believe the bible to be true.
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