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Names of the Book


English:  Joshua
Hebrew:  יהוֹשׁוּע
Transliterated:  Yehoshua
Other names:  Y'hoshua



Wrote the book:  Joshua (and possibly Phineas for some passages)
Are the key people:  Joshua, Rahab, Achan, Phineas, Eleazar
Is it written to:  The people of Israel



Entry into the Land (Joshua 1:1-5:12)
Conquest of the Land (Joshua 5:13-12:24)
Allocation of the Land (Joshua 13:1-24:33)



Was it written:  c 1400-609 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 1436-1409 BCE
Was it canonized:  c 499-100 BCE
(see the Timeline of the Tanakh)



Was it written:  unknown place in Israel
Did the events occur:  The Land of Israel, Jericho , Ai, Mt. Ebal, Mt. Gerizim, Gibeon, Gilgal, Shiloh, Shechem



Joshua was written to inform us that:
G-d is the source of our success.
G-d is the object of our faith.
G-d is the source of sound guidance.
Disobedience to G-d leads to chaos.



The book of Joshua is a historical narrative that relates Israel's conquest of the land of Canaan, the Promised Land. Through a string of military victories under Joshua, Israel enters, conquers, and divides the land among their tribes. When Israel remains faithful to G-d, He fights for them enabling them to win. When they do not trust G-d, He does not fight for them and they come to recognize their dependence on Him for their success. Throughout the book, Joshua charges the nation to "be strong and courageous" and at the conclusion, he charges them to remain faithful to G-d and to obey His commandments, statutes, and rulings.



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