``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!
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On the last day of that Tabernacle Fest, he pops up alongside the altar just after it was ritually cleansed with Sihon
spring Water to wash off the blood of sacrificial animals (Howard-Brook, 185).
In analyzing the Bible's account of the Israelites' early encounters with the Amorites (under the leadership of Sihon
, king of Heshbon), one will notice that there is seemingly a contradiction between the account in Numbers and the account in the book of Judges.
His words are, "Then shall they that propound riddles say, Come to Heshbon that it may be built, and that the city of Sihon
may be constructed" (Legum 3.25).
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.
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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.
(28.) See Groff, supra note 19, at 213 (tracing the history of diplomatic immunity to ancient Greek city-states and to Biblical times); Numbers 21:21-22 (Revised Standard) ("Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon
king of the Amorites, saying: 'Let me pass through your land; we will not turn aside into field or vineyard; we will not drink the water of a well; we will go by the King's Highway, until we have passed through your territory.'").
The Pentateuch says the Hebrews did battle with Sihon
, king of the Amorites, at a city called Heshbon, but excavations have revealed that Heshbon did not exist during this period either.
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