Altar of Witness

"So the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh [see Children of Jacob] returned home, parting from the people of Israel at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, their own land of which they had possessed themselves by command of The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] through Moses. And when they came to the region about the Jordan, that lies in the land of Canaan, the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan, an altar of great size. And the people of Israel heard say, "Behold, the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar at the frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region about the Jordan, on the side that belongs to the people of Israel." And when the people of Israel heard of it, the whole assembly of the people of Israel gathered at Shiloh, to make war against them." (Joshua 22:9-12 RSV)

Don't Forget, Our Land Is Israel Too

The first part of the God-Commanded Promised Land was actually taken east of The Jordan River, in the land of Gilead. It was given to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and part of Manasseh - who then continued on with the other tribes to assist them in the taking of their territory, in Canaan, west of the Jordan, just as the other tribes had assisted the taking of the land east of the Jordan. When all was done, the two and a half tribes returned back across the Jordan to their part of the Promised Land, but concerned that it would be forgotten that their territory was as much Israel as that on the other side of the river (which has happened), they built an altar to serve as a reminder of their unity - but which was at first misunderstood by the others.

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