Joshua

Conquest ● 1350-1250 BCE ● 24 chapters


The Book of Joshua is the sixth book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It tells the story of the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua, who was chosen by God to succeed Moses as the leader of the Israelites. The book begins with the death of Moses and the transition of leadership to Joshua, and it includes a number of stories and events that occurred during Joshua's leadership. One of the main themes of the book is the conquest of the Promised Land, which the Israelites had been promised by God. With the help of God, Joshua and the Israelites defeat a number of their enemies and take control of the land. The book also includes a number of stories about the division of the land among the tribes of Israel and the allocation of cities to the Levites. Key figures in the book of Joshua include Joshua, who was chosen by God to lead the Israelites, and God, who gave the Israelites victory over their enemies. The book also mentions various other Israelite leaders and officials, such as the priests and the Levites, who were responsible for carrying out the various laws and instructions given by God. The book also includes stories of various individuals, such as Rahab, a prostitute who helped the Israelites, and Achan, who was punished for disobeying God's commands.



The Book of Joshua is the sixth book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It is the first book of the Deuteronomistic history, a narrative of the Israelites from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. The book is named after its hero, Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after the death of Moses. The book begins with the death of Moses and the commissioning of Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Joshua is instructed to be strong and courageous and to obey the commands of God. He is also told to meditate on the law of Moses and to keep it in his heart. The book then recounts the Israelites’ conquest of the land of Canaan. Joshua leads the Israelites in a series of battles against the Canaanite kings. He also divides the land among the tribes of Israel. The book also contains several stories about Joshua’s faithfulness to God. In one story, Joshua is challenged by the Gibeonites to a battle. He refuses to fight them, trusting in God’s promise to protect the Israelites. In another story, Joshua is instructed to march around the walls of Jericho seven times. He obeys, and the walls of Jericho come tumbling down. The book ends with Joshua’s death and the Israelites’ settling in the land of Canaan. The book is a reminder of God’s faithfulness to his people and his promise to bring them into the Promised Land. It is also a reminder of the importance of obedience to God’s commands.


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Key characters in Joshua


Joshua

God

Israel

Rahab

Achan

Caleb

Othniel

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God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous and to take possession of the Promised Land.

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Joshua sends two spies to Jericho, and they meet a woman named Rahab who helps them escape.

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The Israelites cross the Jordan River and the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant stand in the middle of the river, stopping its flow.

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Joshua sets up a monument of 12 stones to commemorate the crossing of the Jordan River.

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Joshua circumcises the Israelite men as a sign of their renewed commitment to God.

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Joshua's army is defeated at Ai because of Achan's disobedience.

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Joshua conquers the city of Ai and hangs its king on a tree.

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Joshua makes a treaty with the Gibeonites, a neighboring people, but is deceived by them.

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Joshua defeats a coalition of five Amorite kings and their armies.

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Joshua conquers the northern part of Canaan and divides the land among the Israelite tribes.

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Joshua lists the kings of the land that the Israelites have defeated.

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Joshua divides the remaining land of Canaan among the Israelite tribes.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the tribes of Judah and Simeon.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the tribe of Judah.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the tribes of Joseph, Ephraim and West Manasseh.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the remaining tribes.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the tribe of Simeon.

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Joshua sets aside cities of refuge for those who have killed someone unintentionally.

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Joshua allocates the land of Canaan by lot to the Levites and sets aside cities for them to live in.

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Joshua reminds the Israelites to obey God's commandments and reminds the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh of their agreement to help the other tribes conquer the Promised Land before settling in their own allotted land.

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Joshua reminds the Israelites to continue to obey God's commandments and to not intermarry with the inhabitants of the land.

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Joshua gathers all the Israelites at Shechem and reminds them of God's faithfulness and calls on them to choose to serve God. Joshua pronounces a final blessing on the Israelites and dies at the age of 110.

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FAQ

How long does it take to read the whole book of Joshua?

Assuming a reader with an average reading speed of 300 WPM reads the Book of Joshua,it would take approximately 55 minutes to finish.

How many verses and chapters does the book of Joshua have?

There are 658 verses in the book of Joshua, which is organized into 24 chapters.

When did the book of Joshua take place?

The book of Joshua was written within the range of 1350-1250 BCE.

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