In most versions of Yehoshua, when detailing the cities each Shevet gave to the Leviyim, Reuven's cities are missing. (Some versions add them after 21:35, but the conclusion of the Radak followed by the Minchas Shai is that they're not supposed to be there). Rav Hai Gaon, quoted by the Radak, addresses the question, but just says

אף על פי דהכא לא חשיב להו בדברי הימים חשיב להו

Even though it doesn't list them here, it lists them in Divrei Hayamim (1 6:63-64)

Does anyone explain why they're not listed in Yehoshua?

  • I looked briefly for this earlier. Daat Soferim says "for whatever reason, they weren't listed here". I'll look a bit more later. – רבות מחשבות Jan 25 '18 at 1:27
  • Also, see my new edit to my answer to the linked question, where I backtrack a bit. – רבות מחשבות Jan 25 '18 at 1:38

The Judaica Press Mikraos Gedolos on Yehoshua quotes Keli Yakar on this (unfortunately a broken link on hebrewbooks):

K. Y. suggests that since all of the Levitic cities served as refuge cities, it was obvious that Reuben, who had exerted himself to save the life of his brother Joseph, would donate his cities toward this end. It was therefore unnecessary to mention them.


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