Joshua, The Book of

Joshua, The Book of

The sixth book of the OT, the first of the Former Prophets (the historical books of Joshua through 2 Kings). The book tells how the people of Israel came to possess the land promised to their ancestors (Gen 13:15-17; Gen 15:5; Gen 15:7; Gen 18-21:7; Gen 17:2-8; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 26:2-4; Gen 28:3-4; Gen 13-15:3; Gen 50:24).


Outline of Contents

Joshua

I. The conquest of Canaan (Josh 1:1-12:24)

A. Transfer of leadership to Joshua (Josh 1:1-18)

1. God’s commission to Joshua (Josh 1:1-9)

2. Joshua’s instructions to the people (Josh 1:10-18)

B. Entrance into Canaan (Josh 2:1-5:15)

1. Reconnaissance of Jericho (Josh 2:1-24)

2. Crossing the Jordan (Josh 3:1-17)

3. Establishing a foothold at Gilgal (Josh 4:1-5:1)

4. Circumcision and Passover (Josh 5:2-15)

C. Victory over Canaan (Josh 6:1-12:24)

1. Destruction of Jericho (Josh 6:1-27)

2. Failure and success at Ai (Josh 7:1-8:29)

3. Renewal of the covenant at Mt. Ebal (Josh 8:30-35)

4. Other campaigns in central Palestine (Josh 9:1-27)

5. Campaigns in southern Palestine (Josh 10:1-43)

6. Campaigns in northern Palestine (Josh 11:1-23)

7. Summary list of defeated kings (Josh 12:1-24)

II. Distribution of the land (Josh 13:1-22:34)

A. God’s instructions to Joshua (Josh 13:1-7)

B. Tribal allotments (Josh 13:8-19:51)

1. Eastern tribes (Josh 13:8-33)

2. Western tribes (Josh 14:1-19:51)

C. Cities of refuge and levitical cities (Josh 20:1-21:42)

D. Summary of conquest (Josh 21:43-45)

E. Dismissal of the eastern tribes (Josh 22:1-34)

III. Conclusion (Josh 23:1-24:33)

A. Joshua’s farewell address (Josh 23:1-16)

B. Covenant at Shechem (Josh 24:1-28)

C. Deaths of Joshua and Eleazar; burial of Joseph’s bones (Josh 24:29-33)

Gen 13:15-17

15for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.16I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth; so that if one can cou ... View more

Gen 15:5

5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Gen 15:7

7Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”

Gen 18-21:7

A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.2He looked ... View more

Gen 17:2-8

2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,4“As for me, this is ... View more

Gen 22:17-18

17I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall p ... View more

Gen 26:2-4

2The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; settle in the land that I shall show you.3Reside in this land as an alien, and I will be with yo ... View more

Gen 28:3-4

3May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and numerous, that you may become a company of peoples.4May he give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and ... View more

Gen 13-15:3

Abram and Lot Separate
1So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.2Now Abram was very rich in livestoc ... View more

Gen 50:24

24Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die; but God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, ... View more

Josh 1:1-12:24

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

Josh 1:1-18

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 1:1-9

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 1:10-18

Preparations for the Invasion
10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people,11“Pass through the camp, and command the people: ‘Prepare your provisions; for ... View more

Josh 2:1-5:15

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 2:1-24

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 3:1-17

Israel Crosses the Jordan
1Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there bef ... View more

Josh 4:1-5:1

Twelve Stones Set Up at Gilgal
1When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua:2“Select twelve men from the people, one f ... View more

Josh 5:2-15

2At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites a second time.”3So Joshua made flint knives, and circumcised the Israeli ... View more

Josh 6:1-12:24

Jericho Taken and Destroyed
1Now Jericho was shut up inside and out because of the Israelites; no one came out and no one went in.2The Lord said to Joshua, “See ... View more

Josh 6:1-27

Jericho Taken and Destroyed
1Now Jericho was shut up inside and out because of the Israelites; no one came out and no one went in.2The Lord said to Joshua, “See ... 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 8:30-35

Joshua Renews the Covenant
30Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel,31just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the I ... View more

Josh 9:1-27

The Gibeonites Save Themselves by Trickery
1Now when all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all along the coast of the ... View more

Josh 10:1-43

The Sun Stands Still
1When King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to ... View more

Josh 11:1-23

The United Kings of Northern Canaan Defeated
1When King Jabin of Hazor heard of this, he sent to King Jobab of Madon, to the king of Shimron, to the king of Ach ... View more

Josh 12:1-24

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

Josh 13:1-22:34

The Parts of Canaan Still Unconquered
1Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and very much of ... View more

Josh 13:1-7

The Parts of Canaan Still Unconquered
1Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and very much of ... View more

Josh 13:8-19:51

The Territory East of the Jordan
8With the other half-tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond ... View more

Josh 13:8-33

The Territory East of the Jordan
8With the other half-tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond ... View more

Josh 14:1-19:51

The Distribution of Territory West of the Jordan
1These are the inheritances that the Israelites received in the land of Canaan, which the priest Eleazar, and J ... View more

Josh 20:1-21:42

The Cities of Refuge
1Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying,2“Say to the Israelites, ‘Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,3so th ... View more

Josh 21:43-45

43Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to their ancestors that he would give them; and having taken possession of it, they settled there.44An ... View more

Josh 22:1-34

The Eastern Tribes Return to Their Territory
1Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh,2and said to them, “You have obse ... View more

Josh 23:1-24:33

Joshua Exhorts the People
1A long time afterward, when the Lord had given rest to Israel from all their enemies all around, and Joshua was old and well advanced ... View more

Josh 23:1-16

Joshua Exhorts the People
1A long time afterward, when the Lord had given rest to Israel from all their enemies all around, and Joshua was old and well advanced ... View more

Josh 24:1-28

The Tribes Renew the Covenant
1Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Isr ... View more

Josh 24:29-33

Death of Joshua and Eleazar
29After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred ten years old.30They buried him in his own ... View more

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