read Joshua: There
are good and bad sides of reading Joshua and in accord with the
aims of these Frameworks, trying to absorb what is here.
good side is that, as the Contents below shows, the overall structure
is simple – getting ready to enter the land, entering the land,
allocating the land to the twelve tribes and then saying farewell
not-so-good side of Joshua is that once you come to Part 3 there
are multitudes of place names, some of which no longer exist,
and some of which scholars are uncertain as to their identity
or even location. Perhaps, to be strictly honest, we need to see
there are quite a lot of such places in Part 2 as well.
why read it? Well the simple answer is you probably won't read
all of it, you'll skim over Part 3 at least, but if you do, try
and catch the sense of what is going on anyway.
1 is pure drama, the stuff
films are made of. It is all action that is easily followed and
lessons are there for the open heart.
2 – the first four chapters
tend to follow this drama style but now it is about ups and downs
and the lessons are even more obvious. The latter three chapters
may slow you down with all the place names and we have sought
to add sufficient notes to help you catch where they are going
and what they are achieving.
3 is slightly confusing
for the new reader with all the place names and you may wonder,
why bother? The answer is that even if you only skim over it,
you will see how the Land was portioned out to the twelve tribes
and how the Land fell into two parts [which we often miss], of
that to the east of the Jordan and the main part to the west of
the Jordan. i.e. who got what, and why.
4 , the final two chapters
are really Joshua's challenge to Israel before he dies, seeking
to keep them on track after he has gone.
Context of Joshua: Joshua
is all about the long awaited taking of the Promised Land which
has been referred to again and again in the previous four books.
It is therefore a book of fulfilment of the plan of God, in that
it is getting the nation of Israel into the land of His promise.
if the previous four books lead into Joshua, the following book,
Judges, leads out of it as it goes on to show how the nation,
now in the land, continue in the following years, how they cope
and how they don't cope – and WHY. Joshua is, therefore, a very
real link between the Pentateuch and the historical books that
follow on. Yes, there is a lot of administration, laying out who
gets which part of the land and why, but there is also sufficient
amount of drama in the first third of the book to make it compelling
reading which, as ever, reveals a lot about God and a lot about
the Contents that follow, if you wish to go from here directly
to any chapter, simply click on the chapter number.
1: Ch.1-5: Preparation & Entry
– Joshua installed as Leader
– Rahab and the Spies
– Crossing the Jordan
– Establishing a Memorial
– Circumcision & Passover
2: Ch.6-12: Taking the Land
– The Failed Attack on Ai & Achan's
– Taking Ai & the Covenant on
– The Sneaky Gibeonites
– Southern Kings Defeated
– Northern Kings Defeated
– Summary List of Defeated Kings
3: Ch.13-22: Allocating the Land
– Land still to be
taken & Land east of the Jordan
– Main Land Allocations & Caleb's
– Land Allocations for Judah (&
– Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh
– Allotment for Manasseh (Cont.)
– The Seven tribes & Benjamin
– Allotments for the other Six Tribes
– Cities of Refuge
– Towns for the Levites
– Eastern Tribes Return Home
4: Ch.23,24: Finale of Joshua
– Joshua's Farewell to the Leaders
– The Covenant Renewed at Shechem