The Jebusites and Jerusalem

Old Testament: Jos 15.63

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 14–15 on March 25, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

The tribe of Judah failed to drive out all the former inhabitants of the land just as some of the other tribes had also failed to do: 

As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

– Joshua 15.63 

It would take a man like David to finally drive the Jebusites out of Jerusalem, and then the city totally became the property of Israel, but that did not happen for several centuries.


  • Who previously dwelt in Jerusalem? 
  • Could Israel have driven out all the peoples of the land? 

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8 thoughts on “The Jebusites and Jerusalem

  1. What does the mitzva of Tzitzit teach?  The 2nd paragraph of kre’a shma: “ובלכתך בדרך” links the mitzva of tefillin together with the mitzva of tzitzit, as commanded in the 3rd paragraph of the kre’a shama.  All Torah mitzvot command mussar.  What mussar does the language of: “וראיתם אתו וזכרתם את כל מצות” come to teach?  In our ובלכתך בדרך walk as the chosen brit Cohen nation, the Torah commands us to search for the אצבע אלהים/finger of HaShem within our lives.  All mitzvot learn from the mitzva of tzitzit on this score.  Remembering with thanks giving the “finger of God” within and throughout our lives defines the k’vanna of all the תרי”ג Commandments.


      • Tzitzit – the tassles that observant Jews wear on 4 cornered garments. Tefillen, the black boxes that Jews strap to their head and arm. The concept of accepting the Cohen brit faith – known as the commandment of kre’a shma. The Torah contains 613/תרי”ג commandments.

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      • Of all the 613 commandment — 3 divisions exist. Positive commandment. Negative commandments. And Positive Time Oriented commandments. The mitzva of krea shma qualifies as an example of the 3rd category; Positive Time Oriented commandment require k’vanna [discerning the mussar from a prophet within the T’NaCH (Torah Prophets and Holy Writings), and how that mussar weaves into the fabric of commandments as well as rabbinic halachot]. For example: the Torah commands not to work on Shabbot. The rabbinic halachot define the meaning of the term “work”.


  2. 3 times the Torah commands: do not cook a kid in its mother’s milk. The Order of Damages within the 6 Orders of the Mishna teaches a key concept of faith: hanging a mountain by a hair. This key Torah concept sharply contrasts with Greek schools of rhetoric. Rhetoric hangs an entire mountain upon a hair of some undefined term that moves and arouses the emotions of the masses. For example: in the 2008 Presidential US election, Obama hung a mountain by a thin stand of hair … ”CHANGE”. Never did Obama ever define the term ‘CHANGE’ any more than does the New Testament define the term “love” or the Muslim Koran defines the term “prophet”. The entire New Testament hinges upon “love” whereas the Koran spins around the term “prophet”. Never once does the Koran ever make the slightest attempt to define the term prophet! Both examples explain the Talmudic reference: “to hang a mountain by a hair”.


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