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Og and Sihon: Myth and reality

ByMORDECHAI BECK
July 24, 2014 18:06

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Og and Sihon

Og and Sihon: Myth and reality. (photo credit:PEPE FAINBERG)

The opening lines of the Torah portion of Devarim, the first in the Book of Deuteronomy, lists names of places in the wilderness not previously mentioned as being on the Children of Israel’s route from Egypt. Rashi says that these names hint at sins committed by the Israelites at these locations.

However, in verse four we find names that have been mentioned before – Sihon, king of the Emorites, and Og, king of Bashan. We made their acquaintance in the Book of Numbers as the defeated and slain enemies of the Israelites.

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