Refuge of the Damned (Joshua 15-20)

These chapters stick to which tribes inherited what land, and are of course, very boring.

In Joshua 20, however, a reoccurring idea… reoccurs. This is the idea that if you kill someone unwittingly, you are permitted to run away and take sanctuary in a nearby town to avoid anyone trying to take revenge on you. The Israelites set aside Kadesh in Galilee for such a purpose, probably because it could be described as “cosy” and “rustic”.

Today we call it manslaughter when someone kills someone else unwittingly. I was thinking: if we lived by biblical standards, what would be the place we’d effectively banish people to in these cases?

This place is called Coffee Time.

Or as I’ve always called it, the Refuge of the Damned.

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