Key Points and Questions
Information acquisition has a long history. In biblical times, there was already a dire need for the right information. Take the story of Joshua and Caleb and the 12 spies in Canaan. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, the short story is this:
The Israelites were just exiled from Egypt and were traveling to the Promised Land of Canaan. God promised the Israelites through their leader Moses that the land of Canaan would be a land of milk and honey in abundance, but they had to take it over from the current inhabitants. Moses wanted actionable intelligence, full information about internal and external factors about the land and its people. He said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)
Twelve spies went out and traveled ...