After a drawing by A. Malamat

Schematic plan of the taking of Ai:

1. Ambushing force of Israelites takes up concealed position.

2. Main Israelite assault on fortifications.

3. Feigned Israelite retreat into wilderness.

4. Ai’s defenders decoyed into sallying forth in pursuit, leaving city undefended.

5. Ambushing Israelite force emerges to seize city, putting it to the torch.

6. Main force of Israelites turns to attack pursuing defenders, upon sighting smoke from city.

7. Ambushing Israelite force sallies forth to attack defenders from rear.

8. Ai’s defenders surrounded and annihilated.