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Summary of The Book of Joshua

The book of Joshua received its name because of the main character of the book which is Joshua, whose name means "Jehovah is salvation". The Greek form of the name of Joshua is actually Jesus and means the same thing as the Hebrew Joshua.  The man Joshua makes his first appearance as the commander of the armies of Israel against the Amalekites in the book of Exodus (Exodus 17:8 ff). Joshua was clearly a leader of Israel, he accompanied Moses to the foot of Mount Sinai when Moses went up on the mountain to receive the 10 Commandments, but Joshua did not go up with him (Exodus 24).

The way that Joshua enters the  book of Joshua is already as an established leader in. Even Moses commissioned Joshua as the man chosen and conquer the land.

When Moses gave his farewell speech in Deuteronomy 34 Joshua accompanied him to the foot of Mount Sinai

This book is named for its chief character, Joshua, whose name means "Jehovah is salvation." The Greek form of this name is Jesus. The first appearance of Joshua is as the leader of the forces of Israel against Amalek (Exodus 17:8ff). The manner in which he is introduced into the story indicates that he was already well established as a leader. Later, he accompanied Moses to the foot of Mt. Sinai, but did not make the ascent with him (Exodus 24). In Exodus 32-33 he is also found in close association with Moses. No doubt, the years which he spent with Moses greatly influenced his spiritual development. The aspect of his life for which Joshua is most often remembered is his having brought back a positive report from the land of Canaan after serving as one of twelve men sent to spy out the land (Numbers 13). From this it can be seen that the experience and spirit which were Joshua's equipped him well for his duties and responsibilities as the leader, of God's people.

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The book may be regarded as consisting of three parts which may be analyzed as follows :

Outline of the Book of Joshua

1) The Conquest of Canaan (Joshua 1-12). This includes the preparation for and crossing of the Jordan (Joshua 1-4). After the crossing, they camped at Gilgal. Here they circumcised all the males who were born in the wilderness, as circumcision had not been observed since the departure from Egypt. Gilgal was also the scene of the keeping of the Passover and the cessation of the manna. Joshua 5:13-6:27 tells of the miraculous destruction of Jericho and the salvation of Rahab. The crime and punishment of Achan is discussed in Joshua 7. In Joshua 8, the narrative records the avenging of the defeat which Israel had suffered at the hands of Al because of the sin of Achan. The latter portion of this chapter tells of the setting up of the stones on Mount Ebal. The stratagem of the Gibeonites is the topic of Joshua 9. In Joshua 10 is contained the story of the conquest of Southern Canaan, with the aid of Joshua's long day. Joshua 11-12 describes the conquest of Northern Canaan and give a list of the defeated kings.

2) The Distribution of the Territory (Joshua 13-22). This provides a record of the area which was assigned to the various tribes (13-19), the appointment of the six cities of refuge (Joshua 20) and the forty-eight cities of the Levites (Joshua 21), as well as the departure of the Transjordanic tribes to their home.

3) Joshua's farewell addresses (Joshua 23-24). The first of these is a speech of encouragement and warning. The second recalls the history of Israel, with emphasis on divine interventions on their behalf. At the close of this speech, Joshua issued the famous statement, "choose you this day whom you will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

The book closes with an account of the renewal of the covenant and the death of Joshua and Eleazer.

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The Conquest of Canaan

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The City of Sidon

Philistia

The Twelve Tribes

The First Day. Light.

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Joshua 15

1 - The lot for the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families was to the border of Edom, even to the wilderness of Zin southward, at the uttermost part of the south.

2 - Their south border was from the uttermost part of the Salt Sea, from the bay that looks southward;

3 - and it went out southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and went up by the south of Kadesh Barnea, and passed along by Hezron, went up to Addar, and turned towards Karka;

4 - and it passed along to Azmon, went out at the brook of Egypt; and the border ended at the sea. This shall be your south border.

5 - The east border was the Salt Sea, even to the end of the Jordan. The border of the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the end of the Jordan.

6 - The border went up to Beth Hoglah, and passed along by the north of Beth Arabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben.

7 - The border went up to Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that faces the ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the river. The border passed along to the waters of En Shemesh, and ended at En Rogel.

8 - The border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom to the side of the Jebusite (also called Jerusalem) southward; and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the farthest part of the valley of Rephaim northward.

9 - The border extended from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of Mount Ephron; and the border extended to Baalah (also called Kiriath Jearim);

10 - and the border turned about from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, and passed along to the side of Mount Jearim (also called Chesalon) on the north, and went down to Beth Shemesh, and passed along by Timnah;

11 - and the border went out to the side of Ekron northward; and the border extended to Shikkeron, and passed along to Mount Baalah, and went out at Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea.

12 - The west border was to the shore of the great sea. This is the border of the children of Judah according to their families.

13 - He gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, even Kiriath Arba, named after the father of Anak (also called Hebron).

14 - Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak: Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.

15 - He went up against the inhabitants of Debir: now the name of Debir before was Kiriath Sepher.

16 - Caleb said, "He who strikes Kiriath Sepher, and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife."

17 - Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

18 - When she came, she had him ask her father for a field. She got off of her donkey, and Caleb said, "What do you want?"

19 - She said, "Give me a blessing. Because you have set me in the land of the South, give me also springs of water."So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

20 - This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families.

21 - The farthest cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the border of Edom in the South were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,

22 - Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,

23 - Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan,

24 - Ziph, Telem, Bealoth,

25 - Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (also called Hazor),

26 - Amam, Shema, Moladah,

27 - Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet,

28 - Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah,

29 - Baalah, Iim, Ezem,

30 - Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah,

31 - Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah,

32 - Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon. All the cities are twenty-nine, with their villages.

33 - In the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

34 - Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam,

35 - Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah,

36 - Shaaraim, Adithaim and Gederah (or Gederothaim); fourteen cities with their villages.

37 - Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad,

38 - Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel,

39 - Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,

40 - Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish,

41 - Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah; sixteen cities with their villages.

42 - Libnah, Ether, Ashan,

43 - Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,

44 - Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages.

45 - Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

46 - from Ekron even to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.

47 - Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the brook of Egypt, and the great sea with its coastline.

48 - In the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,

49 - Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (which is Debir),

50 - Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim,

51 - Goshen, Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages.

52 - Arab, Dumah, Eshan,

53 - Janim, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah,

54 - Humtah, Kiriath Arba (also called Hebron), and Zior; nine cities with their villages.

55 - Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Jutah,

56 - Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,

57 - Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages.

58 - Halhul, Beth Zur, Gedor,

59 - Maarath, Beth Anoth, and Eltekon; six cities with their villages.

60 - Kiriath Baal (also called Kiriath Jearim), and Rabbah; two cities with their villages.

61 - In the wilderness, Beth Arabah, Middin, Secacah,

62 - Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En Gedi; six cities with their villages.

63 - As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah couldn't drive them out; but the Jebusites live with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.


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The Book of Joshua

Joshua 5:13 - And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, [Art] thou for us, or for our adversaries?
Joshua 5:14 - And he said, Nay; but [as] captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
Joshua 5:15 - And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy. And Joshua did so.

The Old Testament - A Brief Overview

Bible Survery - Joshua
Hebrew Name - Yehoshua "Yahweh is salvation"
Greek Name - Iesous (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Joshua
Date - From 1451 to 1425 BC Approximately
Theme - The Conquest of Canaan
Types and Shadows - In Joshua Jesus is the captain of the LORD's host

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