The Legends of the Jews - Vol. 4

The Legends of the Jews - Vol. 4

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The Legends of the Jews - Vol. 4

The Legends of the Jews - Vol. 4

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The early history of the first Jewish conqueror in some respects is like the early history of the first Jewish legislator. Moses was rescued from a watery grave, and raised at the court of Egypt. Joshua, in infancy, was swallowed by a whale, and, wonderful to relate, did not perish. At a distant point of the sea-coast the monster spewed him forth unharmed. He was found by compassionate passers-by, and grew up ignorant of his descent. The government appointed him to the office of hangman. As luck would have it, he had to execute his own father. By the law of the land the wife of the dead man fell to the share of his executioner, and Joshua was on the point of adding to parricide another crime equally heinous. He was saved by a miraculous sign. When he approached his mother, milk flowed from her breasts. His suspicions were aroused, and through the inquiries he set afoot regarding his origin, the truth was made manifest.

Later Joshua, who was so ignorant that he was called a fool, became the minister of Moses, and God rewarded his faithful service by making him the successor to Moses.3 He was designated as such to Moses when, at the bidding of his master, he was carrying on war with the Amalekites.4 In this campaign God's care of Joshua was plainly seen. Joshua had condemned a portion of the Amalekites to death . . .

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