The compulsory calling up of people to service, especially military service. The OT refers to men being conscripted to serve in the army, or in major building projects.
Men conscripted to serve in the army
Moses drew up lists of potential fighting men for the conquest of CanaanNu 1:2-3See alsoNu 1:17-19,45-46Moses took a second census, after the generation which had come out of Egypt had died:Nu 26:2,3-4,63-65
Deborah called up troops to attack Jabin, a Canaanite kingJdg 4:4-7
God restricted the number of men conscripted by GideonJdg 7:1-8 The purpose of this was to make clear that Israel’s victory was in God’s strength alone.
The Benjamites raised a tribal militia to fight the rest of IsraelJdg 20:15-17
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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