Joshua 18:28—Was Jerusalem in the territory of Benjamin or in Judah?

Problem: Joshua 15:8 lists Jerusalem in Judah, but Joshua 18:28 says it is in Benjamin.

Solution: Both are true. Some scholars also point to a Jewish tradition that held the altars and sanctuary were in Benjamin, while the courts of the temple were in Judah. Be that as it may, the city was actually within the limits of Benjamin’s territory, but it was also on the border of Judah’s land. So it may properly be described as being part of both.

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This excerpt is from When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1992). © 2014 Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Click here to purchase this book.