The deal with Moses was that while all the men go conquer the land, the kids and families and cattle stay abroad.

Weren't they afraid that their cities: families and cattle and property would be attacked by hostile nations, like Amalek, Moabites, and others they didn't exterminate?

  • Josephus in Antiquities Of The Jews, Book IV:5 says that the land of Sihon was safely bounded by three rivers, the Jordan, Jabbok, and Arnon, making it like an island. He doesn't say anything similar about Og's territory, though.
    – Gary
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 22:51
  • I seem to recall some Medrash that says when the people who went with the Jews to Israel returned to where they left their family, they found their families engaged in a war. Commented Jul 28, 2019 at 4:01
  • Please delete the question.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 28, 2019 at 4:58

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Bameedbar 32 17

ואנחנו נחלץ חשים לפני בני ישראל עד אשר אם הביאנם אל מקומם וישב טפנו בערי המבצר מפני ישבי הארץ

...We will be vanguard for Israelis util we will bring them to their land, and our children will sit at the fortified cities, protected from hostiles
Well, a fort is usless without some garrison, so they obviously they left some men behind to guard the cites.

  • You start well and then end "* they obviously they left some men"*. That's the "obviously" I'm looking for.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 20:09
  • Your answer is perfect for a comment, I had similar speculations. I'm interested in some deeper proofs. The environment was too hostile to skip such explanations.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 20:18
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    You looking for a proof that people used common sense? Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 20:28
  • This site does not accept common sense as an answer it requires proofs. You might want to develop your idea further, linking it to other similar stories or speculating why those tribes specifically.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 20:38

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