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.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

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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.




Joshua 1:1-9. Joshua listens to the LORD God

Joshua 1:10-15. Joshua commands the officers

Joshua 1:16-18. The people support Joshua

Joshua 2:1. Joshua sends spies to Jericho

Joshua 2:2-7. Rahab shields the spies

Joshua 2:8-11. Rahab provides valuable intelligence

Joshua 2:12-21. The spies make a promise to Rahab

Joshua 2:22-24. The spies return to Joshua

Joshua 3:1-4. They get into position

Joshua 3:5-13. They prepare spiritually

Joshua 3:14-24. They cross the Jordan River

Joshua 4:1-24. They build a memorial

Joshua 5:1-10. They consecrate themselves to the LORD God

Joshua 5:11-12. They eat food from the Promised Land


Joshua 5:13-15. The Commander of the LORD’s Armies

Joshua 6:1-27. They conquer Jericho

Joshua 7:1-26. They are defeated at Ai

Joshua 8:1-35. They conquer Ai

Joshua 9:1-27. They make an alliance with Gibeon

Joshua 10:1-11. Five kings attack Gibeon

Joshua 10:12-14. Joshua stops the flow of time

Joshua 10:15-27. Joshua kills the five kings

Joshua 10:28-43. Joshua exterminates seven more cities

Joshua 11:1-5. A massive coalition assembles

Joshua 11:6-15. An epic battle ensues

Joshua 11:16-23. Israel owns the Promised Land

Joshua 12:1-24. The 31 kingdoms conquered by Israel


Joshua 13:1-7. Joshua is to assign the Promised Land

Joshua 13:8-33. The Transjordan area

Joshua 14:1-15. The portion for Caleb

Joshua 15:1-63. The portion for Judah

Joshua 16:1-10. The portion for Ephraim

Joshua 17:1-13. The portion for Manasseh

Joshua 17:14-18. Ephraim and Manasseh complain

Joshua 18:1-10. Relocating to Shiloh

Joshua 18:11-28. The portion for Benjamin

Joshua 19:1-9. The portion for Simeon

Joshua 19:10-16. The portion for Zebulun

Joshua 19:17-23. The portion for Issachar

Joshua 19:24-31. The portion for Asher

Joshua 19:32-39. The portion for Naphtali

Joshua 19:40-48. The portion for Dan

Joshua 19:49-51. The special provision for Joshua

Joshua 20:1-9. Cities of Refuge

Joshua 21:1-3. Cities for the Levites

Joshua 21:4-26. Donated to the Kohathite clan

Joshua 21:27-33. Donated to the Gershon clan

Joshua 21:44-45. Donated to the Merari clan


Joshua 22:1-8. Joshua sends the eastern tribes home

Joshua 22:9-10. The eastern tribes build an altar

Joshua 22:11-20. Israel prepares for war

Joshua 22:21-34. The eastern tribes defend their action

Joshua 23:1-16. Joshua’s final exhortation to the nation

Joshua 24:1-13. Reviewing their blessedness

Joshua 24:14-24. Reviewing their responsibilities

Joshua 24:25-28. They renew the Covenant

Joshua 24:29-33. Joshua dies




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.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible



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