Originally Posted by AlphaOmega
2Moses My servant is dead. So now arise take his place, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites.
3Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses.
4From the wilderness and this Lebanon to the great river Euphrates--all the land of the Hittites [Canaan]--and to the Great Mediterranean Sea on the west shall be your territory.
5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
6Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Sure Alpha -- but you must remember that much of the bible -- including this passage from Joshua -- was written before Judaism crossed the threshold to monotheism.
Biblical scholars generally agree that the Hebrews did not embrace monotheism as a people until after the return from Babylonia. Joshua was one of the early books -- written well before this.
On fact, there is good reason to believe that the time of exile had a very positive spiritual influence on the Hebrews. They went into exile largely pagan -- and returned home as monotheists. Judaism benefited greatly from its exposure to Persian culture -- which should give us pause today -- and inspire us to take a step back from the war hysteria we are seeing.
In the research for my book GNOSTIC SECRETS OF THE NAASSENES I even traced the preferred name of Jesus, the Son of Man, to Iran. Though it may well have originated in India. It's very clear that the Son of Man expression did not originate in Daniel or in Ezekiel. It was much much older.
True, the prophets had always been monotheists. But they did not speak fpr the people as a whole. Often the prophets were outcasts -- hated and despised. Jeremiah is a good example. He was imprisoned and nearly killed -- and only later recognized as one of the great prophets.
Archeology has confirmed what I'm tellinkg you. The hebrews as a whole remained pagan until roughly the 5th century BC -- the time of the book of Job.
It's no surprise that a pagan god would be a real estate broker. But the G-d of G-ds? Absolutely not.