The Book of Joshua is the official account of how the LORD God fulfilled his promise to Abraham. Specifically, how Joshua led Israel to conquer the Promised Land.
In the Hebrew text, this book has the superscription of y’hoshua. That is the name of the leading figure, Joshua son of Nun.
His name, as well as the title of the book, mean “YHWH saves” or “YHWH is salvation.”
The Bible does not identify the author of this book.
The most likely author is Joshua himself, with minor additions by Eleazar the high priest and his son Phinehas.
Since an eyewitness wrote much of the book, the date of writing is closely related to the date of the events.
Scholars place that sometime between the 15th century BC and the 13th century BC.
The Book of Joshua provides the official account of how the LORD God fulfilled his promise to Abraham. Specifically, how Joshua led the nation to conquer the Promised Land.
In the New Testament, Paul wrote that the events of the Exodus and Conquest are meaningful for Christians in that those events possess significance as types.
The Greek form of the name “Joshua” is “Jesus.” As Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, and as he interceded for the nation after it had sinned, and as he brought them into victory, so too does the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ brings his people into a promised rest. He intercedes for them continually. And he enables them to defeat their enemies.
THEY INVADE CANAAN
THEY CONQUER CANAAN
THEY DIVIDE THE PROMISED LAND
Joshua 1:7. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. (NIV translation)
Joshua 1:8. Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything that is written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV translation)
Joshua 1:9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV translation)
Joshua 1:13. Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: ‘The LORD your God is giving you rest and has granted you this land.’ (NIV translation)
Joshua 1:14. Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, fully armed, must cross over ahead of your brothers. You are to help your brothers (NIV translation)
Joshua 1:15. until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise. (NIV translation)
Joshua 5:14b. I am the captain of the host of the LORD and I have just arrived. (NAB translation)
Joshua 10:12. On that day, when the LORD delivered up the Amorites to the Israelites, Joshua prayed to the LORD, and said in the presence of Israel: Stand still, O sun, at Gibeon, O moon, in the valley of Aijalon. (NIV translation)
Joshua 10:13a. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed. (NAB translation)
Joshua 23:10. One man of you shall chase a thousand; for it is the LORD your God who fights for you, as he spoke to you.
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