5.4 Who's will is
In Deuteronomy we read that Moses was not to disturb the
children of Ammon nor attempt to take their land:
"That the LORD spake unto me, saying, Thou art to pass
over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day: And when thou
comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress
them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of
the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I
have given it unto the children of Lot for a
"Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou
camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto
the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD
our God forbad us."
Yet Joshua tells of how Moses gave the land of Ammon to
Gad as an inheritance:
"And moses gave inheritance unto the tribe of Gad,
even unto the children of Gad according to their families.
And their coast was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and
half the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that is
God himself vowed to not give Moses (pbuh) even the
smallest portion of the land of Ammon, yet Moses is now
claimed to have taken it anyway (against God's will?) and
given half of it to GC.E. Was this a slip of a scribe's pen?
Is it a difference in "spelling"? Centuries of tampering
with the word of God has left it's mark.