Numbers 33:52

Hebrew Bible

50 The Lord spoke to Moses in the rift valley plains of Moab along the Jordan, across from Jericho. He said: 51 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images, all their molten images, and demolish their high places. 53 You must dispossess the inhabitants of the land and live in it, for I have given you the land to possess it. 54 You must divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families. To a larger group you must give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group you must give a smaller inheritance. Everyone’s inheritance must be in the place where his lot falls. You must inherit according to your ancestral tribes.

Wisdom of Solomon 12:6


4 you hated for their detestable practices, their works of sorcery and unholy rites, 5 their merciless slaughter of children, and their sacrificial feasting on human flesh and blood. These initiates from the midst of a heathen cult, 6 these parents who murder helpless lives, you willed to destroy by the hands of our ancestors, 7 so that the land most precious of all to you might receive a worthy colony of the servants of God. 8 But even these you spared, since they were but mortals, and sent wasps as forerunners of your army to destroy them little by little,

 Notes and References

"... In this context, the most significant passage is in the Wisdom of Solomon, which was probably written in the first century B.C.E. in Egypt. One of the accusations made by Alexandrian polemic, which liked to look for a basis in Scripture, was that the Jews had had no right to take possession of Palestine. The justification put forward by the author of Wisdom naturally lists the sins of “those who dwelt of old in your holy land,” e.g. idolatry, magic, and infanticide. And “these initiates from the midst of a heathen cult” indulged in “sacrificial feasting on human flesh and blood” (12:6)! For this last assertion (unlike the first charges), the author could find no support in the Bible. Rather, as we see from his rather inappropriate terminology, he has simply transposed a commonplace of Hellenistic political literature to the Canaanites. And this can certainly be read as one more sign of the Hellenization of Judaism! This text is a classical example of the ease with which one’s enemy could be accused of cannibalism ..."

Bickerman, E. J. Studies in Jewish and Christian History: A New Edition in English Including The God of the Maccabees (pp. 504-505) Brill, 2007

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