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Joshua's Timnath

Timnath is the English rendering of the Hebrew word, pronounced tim-naw, which means assigned portion. The name of the place where Joshua (see the Fact Finder question below) is buried in the land of Israel was known by two names; Timnath-heres (meaning portion of the lighted place) and Timnath-serah (meaning the remaining portion). In the book of Judges, Timnath-heres is used.

"2:6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. 2:7 And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.

2:8 And Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash." (Judges 2:6-9 KJV)

"His inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in Mount Ephraim"

In the book of Joshua, the name Timnath-serah is used. Joshua's burial place was in his tribal homeland of Ephraim i.e. Joshua was descended from Ephraim (see The Israelite Patriarchs - Ephraim; also Why Did Jacob Adopt Ephraim And Manasseh?).

Israel

"19:49 When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them:

19:50 According to the word of the LORD they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnathserah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt therein.

19:51 These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country." (Joshua 19:49-51 KJV)

After many years of service to the LORD and His people, Joshua "died, being an hundred and ten years old."

"24:28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

24:29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 24:30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.

24:31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel." (Joshua 24:28-31 KJV)

Joshua's ancestor Joseph (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt), the father of Ephraim, was also buried in the assigned territory of Ephraim - long after his death in Egypt (see Joseph's Bones). As it happened to be, the Levite high priest Eleazar was also buried in the territory of Ephraim (the Levites, as the priesthood, had no assigned tribal territory of their own).

"24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

24:33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim." (Joshua 24:32-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: What it the LORD, not Moses, who chose Joshua to lead the Israelites into their physical promised land?
Deuteronomy 31:14; see also the notes for Joshua 1-2, Joshua 3-5, Joshua 6-8, Joshua 9-13, Joshua 14-16, Joshua 17-19, Joshua 20-22 and Joshua 23-24


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