he hath conquered, and the uncircumcised Philistine hath fallen before his lance, even as Og the King of Bashan, and Sihon
, King of the Amorites, fell before the sword of our fathers
The answer is that Moses could not have known all of the details of the Balaam story at the time of his orations, which was in the eleventh month of the fortieth year after he had conquered the lands of Sihon
and Og on the east side of the Jordan (Deut.
The "Kingdom of Og is in Orion," while "Sihon
is in Ophiucus [sic]," and these huge constellation-forms to Blake symbolize the Northern and Southern Hemispheres (M 37/41:49-51); for Og, the last of the Hebraic giants of Rephaim, was located in the north of the Holy Land, while Sihon
was located in the south.
The Hand of God famously smote the Phillistines, the children of Canaan and Sihon
, King of the Amorites, as well as destroying the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Hence, issues such as the form and structure of geographic knowledge in the Bible (rather than simply its extent), or the social uses of preserved stories like the defeat of Sihon
are not addressed.
After his fifth-place finish behind stablemate Sihon
in the June 30 Hollywood Gold Cup (Gr.
Now from Numbers 21:2326 we determine that the conquest of Sihon
occurred after the death of Aaron (Num.
Crutchetr US Army Research, Development, & Engineering Command, Applied Sensors, Guidance, and Electronics Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898.
Ibn Ezra points out that going forth from Seir and marching through the wilderness indicate that God revealed His might after Sinai, when Israel met up with enemies like Sihon
and Og and defeated them.
Commentators have interpreted this as a reference to the revelation at Sinai or to the wars against Sihon
and Og, though neither seems particularly pertinent.
For example: And Israel sent malakhim [messengers] to Sihon
the Amorite king (Num.
Moses knew that as a result of their recent encounters with the people of Moab and Midian, and their recent conquest of Sihon
and Og, the Amorite kings, the Israelites had become acquainted with their gods and cult practices which included child sacrifices.