Conquest, The

Conquest, The

The period during which Israel invaded Canaan and subdued the peoples living there. The biblical accounts of conquest and settlement occur in (Num 13-14; (Num 21:1-3, (Num 21:21-32; (Num 21:22-24; (Num 21:32; (Josh 1-24; and Judg 1:1-2:5). After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the Hebrews launched their invasion by securing the Transjordanian territories of Sihon and Og (Num 21:21-35). Since Moses had been prohibited by God from entering Canaan (Deut 32:48-52), the conquest was under Joshua’s leadership (Josh 1:1-6). Spies were sent to reconnoiter the land, the Jordan River was crossed, and the Israelites established their base of operations at Gilgal (Josh 2-4). Subsequent victories are reported over Jericho (Josh 5-6), Ai (Josh 7:1-8:29), Hazor (Josh 11:10-15), and numerous other towns (Josh 12). But (Judg 1:1-2:5) indicates that the occupation of Canaan was not as swift and comprehensive as a superficial reading of the texts may suggest.

Num 13-14

Spies Sent into Canaan


1The Lord said to Moses,

2“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites; from each of their ancestral tribe ... View more

Num 21:1-3

The Bronze Serpent


1When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel a ... View more

Num 21:21-32

King Sihon Defeated


21Then Israel sent messengers to King Sihon of the Amorites, saying,

22“Let me pass through your land; we will not turn aside into field or v ... View more

Num 21:22-24

22“Let me pass through your land; we will not turn aside into field or vineyard; we will not drink the water of any well; we will go by the King's Highway until ... View more

Num 21:32

32Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they captured its villages, and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.

Josh 1-24

God's Commission to Joshua


1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying,

2“My servant Moses i ... View more

Judg 1:1-2:5

Israel's Failure to Complete the Conquest of Canaan


1After the death of Joshua, the Israelites inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the C ... View more

Num 21:21-35

King Sihon Defeated


21Then Israel sent messengers to King Sihon of the Amorites, saying,

22“Let me pass through your land; we will not turn aside into field or v ... View more

Deut 32:48-52

Moses' Death Foretold


48On that very day the Lord addressed Moses as follows:

49“Ascend this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, ac ... View more

Josh 1:1-6

God's Commission to Joshua


1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying,

2“My servant Moses i ... View more

Josh 2-4

Spies Sent to Jericho


1Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and en ... View more

Josh 5-6

The New Generation Circumcised


1When all the kings of the Amorites beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites by the sea, heard that the ... View more

Josh 7:1-8:29

The Sin of Achan and Its Punishment


1But the Israelites broke faith in regard to the devoted things: Achan son of Carmi son of Zabdi son of Zerah, of the tribe ... View more

Josh 11:10-15

10Joshua turned back at that time, and took Hazor, and struck its king down with the sword. Before that time Hazor was the head of all those kingdoms.

11And they ... View more

Josh 12

The Kings Conquered by Moses


1Now these are the kings of the land, whom the Israelites defeated, whose land they occupied beyond the Jordan toward the east, fro ... View more

Judg 1:1-2:5

Israel's Failure to Complete the Conquest of Canaan


1After the death of Joshua, the Israelites inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the C ... View more

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