The book takes its name from Joshua, who replaced Moses as Israel’s leader. Moses had led the people of Israel out of Egypt to the border of the land God promised to give Abraham’s descendants. Joshua commanded the forces that would conquer Canaan. The Book of Joshua tells the story of that Conquest and covers a period from about 1400 to 1375 B.C.
This is the first of several books that give Israel’s national history from the time of Joshua to the Babylonian Conquest in 586 B.C. It is also a book with a message. Canaan is God’s gift to His people. But that gift can only be claimed and held by obedience. Disobedience assures defeat.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Preparation for War||Josh. 1–5|
|II.||The Military Campaign||Josh. 6–12|
|III.||The Division of the Land||Josh. 13–21|
|IV.||Joshua’s Call to Commitment||Josh. 22–24|