Yoruba are too cosmopolitan to be reduced to the Gibeonites
referred to above.
The fictitious painting depicts David avenging the Gibeonites
Hivai, a Gibeonite
who once successfully foretold the future, now appears to have lost his prophetic skill.
So if the Book of Joshua may be read as Israel's evolving confrontation with difference, it is interesting that one of the key retellings in Hareven's narrative concerns the bnei Yisrael's encounter with the Gibeonites
, no doubt because it reverses certain aspects of the conventional scheme I just outlined.
God answers that it is due to "bloodguilt" on the house of Saul, who earlier attempted to wipe out the Gibeonites
from the land.
These Lumpenproletariat as "hewers of wood and drawers of water" is William Tyndale's Tudor translation of the Hebrew passages that refer to the Israelites' deliverance from Egypt and the Gibeonites
To be "hewers of wood and drawers of water" was Joshua's curse on the Gibeonites
Later her sons were delivered by King David to the Gibeonites
and were impaled by them "on the mountain before the Lord", without receiving a proper burial, so that their bodies were lying out in the field (2 Sam.
20:5), the execution of Saul's descendents as expiation for the blood of the Gibeonites
Another case of Gentiles joining the covenant community involves the Gibeonites
, who succeeded in doing so only through trickery (Josh.
They should not forget, however, that the Gibeonites
, because of their deceit, were condemned to being hewers of wood and fetchers of water.
When David killed seven of Saul's descendants to appease the Gibeonites
, he spared Mephibosheth because of this oath: The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul, because of the oath before the Lord between the two, between David and Jonathan son of Saul (II Sam.