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Joshua

Author – Joshua
Time – 1460 – 1420 B.C.

Summary – Joshua was selected by God to succeed Moses and lead the nation of Israel into the Promised Land of Canaan. The book outlines the conquest and occupation by Israel under his military leadership. God explicitly states that all the inhabitants of the land were to be utterly driven out or destroyed in order to ensure spiritual purity and complete devotion to God by the Israelites.

Entrance into the Promised Land – Chapter 1 v 1 to 5 v 12
Passage
Subject
Ch. 1 v 1 to 9 God’s commission to Joshua
Ch. 1 v 10 to 18 Joshua’s mobilisation for crossing the Jordan
Chapter 2 Mission of the spies
Ch. 3 v 1 to 5 v 1 Crossing of the Jordan
Ch. 5 v 2 to 12 Renewal of circumcision and Passover observance

Conquest of the Promised Land – Chapter 5 v 13 to 12 v 24
Passage
Subject
Ch. 5 v 13 to 6 v 5 Appearance of the captain of the Lord’s host
Ch. 6 v 6 to 8 v 29 The central campaign
Ch. 8 v 30 to 35 Establishment of Israel’s covenant as the law of the land
Chapters 9 & 10 The southern campaign
Ch. 11 v 1 to 15 The northern campaign
Ch. 11 v 16 to 23 Summary of the conquest
Chapter 12 Appendix: Catalogue of the defeated kings

Division of the Promised Land – Chapter 13 v 1 to 22 v 34
Passage
Subject
Ch. 13 v 1 to 6 God’s command to divide the land
Ch. 13 v 7 to 33 Territory of the tribes east of the Jordan River
Chapter 14 Beginning of the division of Canaan
Chapter 15 Territory of the tribe of Judah
Chapters 16 & 17 Territory of the Joseph tribes
Chapters 18 & 19 Territories of the seven remaining tribes
Ch. 20 v 1 to 21 v 42 Cities of refuge and inheritance of Levi
Ch. 21 v 43 to 45 Summary of the conquest and apportionment
Chapter 22 Appendix: Departure of the tribes east of the Jordan River

Joshua’s final speeches – Chapter 23 v 1 to 24 v 33
Passage
Subject
Chapter 23 Joshua’s farewell address to the leaders of Israel
Ch. 24 v 1 to 28 Renewal of the covenant commitment at Shechem
Ch. 24 v 29 to 33 Appendix: Death of Joshua and subsequent conduct of Israel

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