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1)Why are the Jews letting the Plishtim dictate the terms of engagement? Why not simply attack if they believe it is the will of God? The Jews has been unable to defeat the Plishtim (besides for Shimshon -- albeit on a microscale) for around 400 years. They had better technology (i.e. iron armor and chariots as evidenced by the posukim), and the "covenants" ...


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Because keeping prisoners is very expensive resource wise. Also, this wasn't a war to steal loot or create a vassal, it was a war of supplantation- to come in and replace the cannanites. You can't keep them prisoner because they might regroup.


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I can answer the second part of your question. The pasuk is quoted in order to make a "Gezairas Shava" between the two words "נְטוּיָה" in order to show that the word נְטוּיָה refers to a sword. A "Gezairas Shava" is one of the exegesic principle by which the Torah is elucidated. The basic premise of Gezairas Shava is that the occurrence of the same word in ...


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A weapon with a long blade for cutting or thrusting (source) Or this one (Avoda Zara 20b), a more fascinating description here אמרו עליו על מלאך המות שכולו מלא עינים, בשעת פטירתו של חולה עומד מעל מראשותיו וחרבו שלופה בידו, וטיפה של מרה תלויה בו As mentioned here, by Mida KeNeged Mida, Hashem punished the Egyptians with a sword since they thought to ...


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Moshe's command was to spare the maidens. (Bamidbar 31:18) The gemara also brings up the idea that a female convert 3 years and younger can marry a cohen. Perhaps that has something to do with it? And our King David left no man, woman, or child alive on various occasions. This may have been in a similar vein to the precedent set by Moshe, (i.e. everyone ...



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