Science: Life at the Crossroads

And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein.

—Numbers 13:17-18

To the borders of Canaan, Moses sent twelve men headed by Joshua, son of Nun. Last week a scouting party of about the same size left almost the same place near the Sinai border of Israel to spy out the same land, Israel's forbidding Negev desert. Ten were amateur archaeologists and crack rifle...

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