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Stoning of Achan

So it’s been a really long time since I sat down and just read the Tanakh. Or more specifically read the Nakh (badumkish). So I started Joshua last night and get to chapter 7 where it discusses the stoning of Achan. It’s a really bizarre episode that’s sort of stuck in there during the beginning of the occupation of the land. From a historical critical approach I understand the logic that it was probably a retrofit of a story to explain the Valley of Achor’s name. Fine. But from the perspective of the story of Joshua itself it is really bothering me.

Devarim forbids the punishing of the children for the sins of the parents, and Joshua makes a big deal about giving copies of the law to everyone, and then he straight up executes this guy’s entire family because he stole treasures for himself that were meant to be collected for God. I briefly perused the Wikipedia page for this episode and the quoted commentaries aren’t that satisfying. From “oh the family also knew and didn’t say anything” to “the family just witnessed it and the They and Them mentions are for the livestock”. Neither of these are good explanations. Silent witnesses are not put to death, and what sin was the livestock guilty of because their master disobeyed a direct order?

Just looking for some other ways this has been wrestled with and appreciate any other avenues of explanation. Thanks, and shavua tov!

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