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From the May 1943 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It is recorded in the second chapter of the book of Joshua that the great leader of that name, following the example of Moses in similar circumstances, ''sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land" (verse 1; compare Numbers 13:17). Shittim was situated to the east of the Jordan, and the mission of the spies involved their crossing the river into the hostile territory of Canaan.