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The book of Joshua. Joshua was the successor of Moses and led the Israelites during the conquest of Canaan.

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Who circumcised Abraham in Genesis 17:23-26?

Genesis 17:23 NIV 23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. ...
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How was Joshua an attendant to Moses from his youth in Numbers 11:28?

Numbers 11:28 NASB 28 Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, Moses only stayed for only a year in Egypt after his return from Midian before they left for Canaan ...
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Why was a gap of over half a mile necessary between the people and the ark in Joshua 3:4?

As the children of Israel leave Shittim and make ready to go to Jordan and to cross it, Joshua 3:1, Joshua commands that a distance of 2,000 cubits (just over half a mile) should be allowed between ...
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Why “about” thirty-six, why not thirty-six? Joshua 7:5

It’s one thing to say about 30 men, it’s another to say about 36 men. At this point 36 is a specific and exact number. Why would it be worded this way? Depending on the translation and language it’s ...
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Background on Joshua 5:10-11

Why were there no celebrations of the Passover while Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness?
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Naphtali touching the border of Juda?

In describing the borders of every inherited piece of land in the book of Joshua it is said that the border of Naphtali touches Judah at the Jordan on the east. Then the border turned westward to ...
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What sin did the residents of Jericho commit?

I note on almost all Bible apologetic website that the Battle of Jericho was justified because its residents were practicing abominable acts. But I've spent hours researching the Bible, and I can't ...
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Were the Sidionians meant to be conquered?

"Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of ...
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Understanding the conditions that would allow accused manslayer to return to his hometown (Joshua 20)

Joshua 20 deals with sanctuary cities for those who have unintentionally kills someone. However, I'm trying to get a better understanding of what Joshua 20:6 is stating. NASB Joshua 20:4-6 4 ...
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Was it Joshua or Levites who were to recite the blessings and curses?

When they were about to cross the Jordan Moses instructs the Israelites that the Levites shall recite to the people the blessings and the curses at mount Gerizim and Ebal respectively Deuteronomy 27:...
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Using science, could sound vibrations & tremors be the reason for the wall of Jericho to fall? [closed]

Joshua 6 NASB 15 Then on the seventh day they rose early at the dawning of the day and marched around the city in the same manner seven times; only on that day they marched around the city seven ...
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How does Joshua 24:9 say Balak fought Israel?

When Joshua reviews the journey of the Israelites he mentions a conflict with Israeli Joshua 24:9 NASB 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel, and he sent ...
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Disappearing Girgashites

"And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the ...
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In James 2:23 how does the author quote Genesis 15:6?

In buttressing his narrative about faith and works James makes reference to the Isaac and Rahab incidents in Genesis and Joshua respectively as a model of how faith and works go hand in hand James 2:...
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What happened to the manslayer in Exodus 21 before the appointment of the cities of refuge?

God promises to appoint cities of refuge for those who accidentally killed their brethren. Exodus 21:12-13 NASB [12]"He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. [13]But if ...
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Did the Levites own cattle?

In Joshua 21, the NIV translation of the Bible has "pasturelands", while the KJV translation has "suburbs" (Jos 21:3,8,27,41). I wonder which one is the right translation? Jos 21:41 (NIV) The towns ...
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Whom did the congregation want to stone in Numbers 14:10?

After having refused to enter the promised land it is said the congregation grumbled against Moses and Aaron. Then Joshua and Caleb who had also spied out the land admonished the congregation as well ...
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By the end of Judges (Judges 21:25) who comprised the Israelites?

This question is solely about the peoples in the document sets, not archaeological claims. Apologies if this is a bad fit: I checked the site tour; this seems to be an exegesis request in relation to ...
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Could there have been some duplicity on the part of the Israelites in Achan's transgression in Joshua 7:10-12?

After Achan's transgression of taking the accursed thing God apportions the blame in plural form to the israelites. Joshua 7: KJV 10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest ...
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Did Joshua break the covenant he had made with the Gibeonites in Joshua 9?

Joshua 9:15 NASB 15 Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.16 It came about at the end of three days ...
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If the Exodus and conquest of Canaan took place around 1446 BC, why are there so many references to iron in that period's writing?

It has been reasonably argued by the Associates for Biblical Research, for example, that Exodus must have taken place in 1446 B.C., and that the conquest of Canaan must have taken place around 1406 B....
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Were Rahab (Joshua 2) and the two women with the dead baby (1 Kings 3:16) really prostitutes or just inn keepers?

According to the "Treasury of Scripture" the word for "prostitute" and the word for "inn keeper" are the same word: harlots The word {zanoth}, rendered {harlots}, is here translated by the ...
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In Joshua 2:3 how did the king know that the spies were spies and what they were up to?

Jos 2:3  And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.
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How did the Israelites follow God's directive in Joshua Chapter 7?

Joshua Chapter 7 tells the story of the Israelite attack on Ai being repelled due to Achan's sin, and the ensuing process of bringing Achan to justice. However, the story is somewhat confusing. In ...
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Who gave the charge to Joshua during his inauguration in Deutoronomy 31:22-23?

Moses is told to bring Joshua so that God will inaugurate him to take over from Moses. Deutoronomy 31:14 NKJV 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, the days approach when you must die; call ...
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In Joshua 2:1 why are Joshua's scouts not named?

Moses and Joshua both sent scouts into the land of Canaan. When Moses sent the scouts there are 13 verses (Numbers 13:4-16) spent on listing their names. When Joshua sent the scouts there is one verse ...
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Where did the Israelites get the old corn in Joshua 5:11?

.Joshua 5:11 (KJV) 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow ...
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In the New Testament, why is Jesus called Jesus, but Joshua is still called Joshua?

I know that Jesus is the transliteration of the Greek word for Joshua. Totally get that. Here's the question -- in Acts (and other places), another person named Joshua is mentioned, but he is ...
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Is the verb in Joshua 2:1 meant to indicate that the spies were clients of Rahab's harlotry?

Joshua 2:1 recounts the journey of the Israelite spies in Jericho: וַיֵּ֨לְכוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ בֵּית־אִשָּׁ֥ה זוֹנָה וּשְׁמָהּ רָחָב וַיִּשְׁכְּבוּ־שָמָּה And they went and came into the house of a ...
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Has the lengthened day of Joshua 10 been modeled in a simulation to show how this could have occurred?

My question is, has anyone done or knows of anyone who have done an astronomical simulation of how this could have happen? Alternatively does anyone knows or have access to any simulation facilities ...
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Why is Caleb singled out for praise in Numbers 14:24?

Numbers 14 [24]But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. ...
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How to read Joshua 5:14?

The Hebrew in Joshua 5:14 reads וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא כִּי אֲנִי שַׂר צְבָא יְדוָד עַתָּה בָאתִי A literal translation of the text would render this: And he replied "No. For i am the commander of ...
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in Joshua 5 how were they able celebrate Passover immediately after circumcision?

Joshua 4:19 (KJV) 19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. Joshua 5:3 (KJV) 3 And Joshua made him ...
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Did Joshua give a wrong timeline in Joshua 1:11?

(KJV) Joshua 1:11 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD ...
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Could there be something significant or prophetic about the way Jericho was attacked & destroyed in Joshua 6?

(KJV) Joshua 6 1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, ...
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Why did the Angel ask Joshua to remove the sandal from his foot and not his feet? (Joshua 5:15)

The Hebrew word used in Joshua 5:15 is Regel- רגל meaning FOOT. H7272 Original: רגל Transliteration: regel Phonetic: reh'-gel BDB Definition: 1) foot To cause him to ...
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What is Divination?

Question: According to ancient, primary sources, what was divination and how was it practiced? Translations that seem to confuse the terms: NASB, Genesis 44:5 - Is not this the one from which my ...
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Is this take on the Hebrew of Joshua 10:12-13 credible?

"...The King James translation of the Bible refers to the sun and moon standing still, Humphreys said, but the original Hebrew uses a root word that, in Babylonian, a related tongue, can also ...
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Joshua 22:17: not cleansed yet?

Were they not cleansed yet because Christ hadn't appeared yet? Or is it just saying that idolatry was still among them? Joshua 22:17 (KJV) Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we ...
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Did the three tribes of Israel return to their lands before the complete conquest of the land in the book of Joshua?

Joshua 1:12,15 NASB [12]To the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, [15]until the Lord gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess ...
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In Joshua 20:1-6 why must the man-slayer wait until the death of the high priest?

Joshua 20:1-6 (noting verse 6 in particular): 1 Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, 2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,...
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Why did they have to cast lots to find out who had taken the accursed thing in Joshua 7?

(KJV)Joshua 7:18-19 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. [19] And Joshua said unto Achan, My ...
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How did the house of Rahab survive in Joshua 6?

(KJV)Joshua 2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. (KJV)Joshua 6:20, 23 So the people shouted when the ...
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What manuscript(s) does BHS get Joshua 21:36-37 from?

Note- This is not a duplicate of Is Joshua 21:36-37 authentic or an addition? because I am asking what the source of the hebrew of those two verses is, and for the BHS specifically. So for example,...
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Does the use of אֶחָד in Hebrew in the old Testament represent unity?

A friend said to me, the usage of echad (אֶחָד) means one-ness (unity) in the Old Testament. We see in Genesis 1:5: 3117 [e] yō-wm | י֥וֹם | day [Noun] 259 [e] ’e-ḥāḏ. | אֶחָֽד׃ | ...
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Why did they stone the children of Achan also? [duplicate]

In Joshua 7:1, the text records that the Israelight Achan took spoils during the Israelightes' attack Jericho which was forbidden in 6:17-19: Joshua 6:17-19 "'...The city and all that is in ...
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Is Joshua 21:36-37 authentic or an addition?

These two verses are not found in the NJPS: and out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with its pasturelands, Jahaz with its pasturelands, Kedemoth with its pasturelands, and Mephaath with its ...
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What is the source for Rahab's husband in Mathew 1?

In the Talmud, Megillah 14b, it mentions towards the end1 that Joshua married Rachav and that Joshua never had sons, but only daughters: דאיגיירא ונסבה יהושע ומי הוו ליה זרעא ליהושע והכתיב (דברי ...
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Why does Judges 18:1 say that Dan had no inheritance?

Judges 18:1 says that Dan had no inheritance but Joshua 19:40-48 indicates otherwise. What am I missing? Judges 18:1 ESV In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of ...
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Why does Joshua set up 12 stones in the midst of the Jordan River?

After the nation of Israel passes over the Jordan River, God commanded Joshua: Josh 4:2 'Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, Josh 4:3 and command ye them, saying: ...