What was Joshua's role in the Bible

The book of Joshua


The book of Joshua (Heb. Yehoshua = "The Lord is salvation") is the direct continuation of the 5th book of Moses. It is about the taking of the promised land by Israel under the leadership of Joshua, who according to tradition is also the writer of this book (cf. Jos 24:26). At God's command, the people of Israel cross the Jordan and begin to conquer Canaan (chap. 1-12). Israel's war against the pagan peoples of this land, who had filled their guilt before God with terrible atrocities and corrupt idolatry, was at the same time a judgment from God who expressly commanded their extermination. The Lord fought for Israel and gave up the people before them; Israel won as long as it trusted and obeyed the Lord, but disbelief and disobedience led to defeat. In the end, the land as a whole was conquered and it was now distributed to the tribes of Israel (chapters 13-22). However, they failed to fully take their inheritance, and remnants of the Canaanites remained in the country. At the end of the book, therefore, Joshua made serious admonitions to the people (chap. 23-24). The historical accounts of the book of Joshua are also of exemplary importance to the reader. Joshua is an example of the Lord Jesus (in Hebrew and Greek, "Joshua" and "Jesus" are the same name); the crossing of the Jordan is an image for Gal 2:20 and Romans 6, the taking of the promised land is a model for taking the fullness in Christ, the battle of Israel for the spiritual battle of the believers (Ephesians 6).


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