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The Old Testament > Joshua > Chapter 7
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 Verse 16
- Was taken. Most scholars assume this choosing was done by the casting of sacred lots, which is explicitly mentioned in Josh 14:2 and 18:6. The casting of lots is also specifically mentioned in 1 Sam 14:37-42 by which Saul evokes a confession from Jonathan. Together, these two stories suggest that the casting of lots was a way of evoking confession, not just blindly discovering guilt. A similar description of choosing is recorded in 1 Sam 10:20-21 where Saul is chosen as king (the casting of lots is not specifically mentioned there either, though scholars tend to infer it).
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