Israel During Joshua's Time
The land of Israel during the time of Joshua. The
twelve tribes are listed separately. Joshua proved to be an excellent
general by his victory over the Amalekites (Exodus 17:9, 13). After Moses'
death, according to the Book of Joshua, Joshua led the Israelites in
their conquest of the highlands of central Palestine and during the
distribution of the land among the twelve tribes, from the crossing of
the Jordan River (Joshua 3) and the fall of Jericho (Joshua 6) to the renewal of
the covenant at Shechem (Joshua 24).
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Map of Israel During
the Time of Joshua
It took about 6 years for the
tribes of Israel to conquer the Land of Canaan and to overcome the
military might of the ancient Canaanites according to Joshua 14. It
was at this time that Joshua divided the land among the tribes and
allotted portions according to the Word of the Lord, the size of the
tribe, and by casting lots.
Joshua also revealed that each
individual tribe was responsible to subjugate their portion of land
and remove the defeated people. Many of the tribes failed in this
responsibility. The land of Israel was divided and the above map
shows each area that the tribes settled in, the larger tribes
received more land.
Deuteronomy 7:1 - When
the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest
to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the
Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and
the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the
Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
- "I was Forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me
from Kadeshbarnea to spy out the land; and I brought him word again
as it was in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with
me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD
my God. And Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon
thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's
for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God. And
now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty
and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses,
while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now,
lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old."
The Canaanites in the Smith's Bible
a word used in two senses:
1. A tribe which inhabited a particular locality of the land west of
the Jordan before the conquest; and
2. The people who inhabited generally the whole of that country.
1. In Ge 10:18-20 the seats of the Canaanite tribe are given as on
the seashore and in the Jordan valley; comp. Jos 11:3
2. Applied as a general name to the non-Israelite inhabitants of the
land, as we have already seen was the case with "Canaan." Instances
of this are, Ge 12:6; Nu 21:3 The Canaanites were descendants of
Canaan. Their language was very similar to the Hebrew. The
Canaanites were probably given to commerce; and thus the name became
probably in later times an occasional synonym for a merchant.
Joshua from Smith's Bible
Joshua (saviour, or whose help is Jehovah). His name appears
in the various forms of HOSHEA, OSHEA, JEHOSHUA, JESHUA and JESUS.
1. The son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim. 1Ch 7:27 (B.C.
1530-1420.) He was nearly forty years old when he shared in the
hurried triumph of the exodus. He is mentioned first in connection
with the fight against Amalek at Rephidim, when he was chosen by
Moses to lead the Israelites. Ex 17:9 Soon afterward he was one of
the twelve chiefs who were sent, Nu 13:17 to explore the land of
Canaan, and one of the two, ch. Nu 14:6 who gave an encouraging
report of their journey. Moses, shortly before his death, was
directed, Nu 27:18 to invest Joshua with authority over the people.
God himself gave Joshua a charge by the mouth of the dying lawgiver.
De 31:14,23 Under the direction of God again renewed, Jos 1:1 Joshua
assumed the command of the people at Shittim, sent spies into
Jericho, crossed the Jordan, fortified a camp at Gilgal, circumcised
the people, kept the passover, and was visited by the Captain of the
Lord's host. A miracle made the fall of Jericho more terrible to the
Canaanites. In the great battle of Beth-horon the Amorites were
signally routed, and the south country was open to the Israelites.
Joshua returned to the camp at Gilgal, master of half of Palestine.
He defeated the Canaanites under Jabin king of Hazor. In six years,
six tribes, with thirty-one petty chiefs, were conquered. Joshua,
now stricken in years, proceeded to make the division of the
conquered land. Timnath-serah in Mount Ephraim was assigned as
Joshua's peculiar inheritance. After an interval of rest, Joshua
convoked an assembly from all Israel. He delivered two solemn
addresses, recorded in Jos 23:24 He died at the age of 110 years,
and was buried in his own city, Timnath-serah.
The Bible Mentions
"Inheritance" in many places:
Joshua 13:23 - And the
border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border
[thereof]. This [was] the inheritance of the children
of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.
Chronicles 10:16 - And when all Israel [saw] that the king
would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying,
What portion have we in David? and [we have] none inheritance
in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: [and] now,
David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
12:16 - So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not
unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have
we in David? neither [have we] inheritance in the son
of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house,
David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
Deuteronomy 25:19 - Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy
God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the
land which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance
to possess it, [that] thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek
from under heaven; thou shalt not forget [it].
45:1 - Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for
inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the LORD, an
holy portion of the land: the length [shall be] the length of five
and twenty thousand [reeds], and the breadth [shall be] ten
thousand. This [shall be] holy in all the borders thereof round
35:8 - And the cities which ye shall give [shall be] of the
possession of the children of Israel: from [them that have] many ye
shall give many; but from [them that have] few ye shall give few:
every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his
inheritance which he inheriteth.
Chronicles 6:27 - Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive
the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast
taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain
upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an
26:62 - And those that were numbered of them were twenty and
three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were
not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no
inheritance given them among the children of Israel.
13:29 - And Moses gave [inheritance] unto the
half tribe of Manasseh: and [this] was [the possession] of the half
tribe of the children of Manasseh by their families.
24:32 - And the bones of Joseph, which the children of
Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel
of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of
Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the
inheritance of the children of Joseph.
- Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased of old; the
rod of thine inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed;
this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
32:8 - So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court
of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me,
Buy my field, I pray thee, that [is] in Anathoth, which [is] in the
country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance [is]
thine, and the redemption [is] thine; buy [it] for thyself. Then I
knew that this [was] the word of the LORD.
26:19 - Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king
hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee up
against me, let him accept an offering: but if [they be] the
children of men, cursed [be] they before the LORD; for they have
driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance
of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.
35:2 - Command the children of Israel, that they give unto
the Levites of the inheritance of their possession
cities to dwell in; and ye shall give [also] unto the Levites
suburbs for the cities round about them.
Deuteronomy 9:26 - I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and
said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance,
which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast
brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
34:2 - Command the children of Israel, and say unto them,
When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this [is] the land that shall
fall unto you for an inheritance, [even] the land of
Canaan with the coasts thereof:)
8:36 - Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good
way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which
thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
- And the separate cities for the children of Ephraim [were] among
the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the
cities with their villages.
15:17 - Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the
mountain of thine inheritance, [in] the place, O LORD,
[which] thou hast made for thee to dwell in, [in] the Sanctuary, O
Lord, [which] thy hands have established.
32:19 - For we will not inherit with them on yonder side
Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen
to us on this side Jordan eastward.
Deuteronomy 19:10 - That innocent blood be not shed in thy
land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance,
and [so] blood be upon thee.
22:16 - And thou shalt take thine inheritance
in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I
[am] the LORD.
Deuteronomy 19:14 - Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's
landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance,
which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth
thee to possess it.
- And these [are the countries] which the children of Israel
inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and
Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of
the children of Israel, distributed for inheritance to
- Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst
confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
3:18 - In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the
house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the
north to the land that I have given for an inheritance
unto your fathers.
35:15 - As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance
of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto
thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, [even]
all of it: and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.
18:24 - But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they
offer [as] an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the
Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the
children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Deuteronomy 15:4 - Save when there shall be no poor among
you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance to
11:23 - So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that
the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an
inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by
their tribes. And the land rested from war.