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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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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: ...
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Apparent contradiction in Joshua

Joshua 15:63 says: But the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem the Judahites could not dispossess; so the Jebusites dwell in Jerusalem beside the Judahites to the present day. Similarly, Joshua 17:12 ...
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Why did the people of Jericho deserve such destruction?

Note: I am looking for answers both in Biblical Text and from other historical texts Joshua 6:21-25 says that they killed every living thing in it (the City of Jericho) -- "men, women, young, old, ...
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Does the Bible include an unambiguous reference to divinely-appointed genocide? [closed]

One thing which I have always taken as a matter of course was that the Old Testament had definitive references to God ordering that Israel should completely eradicate one nation/ethnic group. Recently,...
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What was the 'reproach of Egypt' referred to in Joshua 5:9?

In Joshua chapter 5, after the Israelites had crossed the Jordan into the promised land, all the men of that generation were circumcised, Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the ...
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What is the meaning of Beth Aven (בית און)?

in Joshua 7:2 are EL (אל) and AVEN (און) used in contrast to each other. וישלח יהושע אנשים מיריחו העי אשר עם־בית און מקדם לבית־אל ויאמר אליהם לאמר עלו ורגלו את־הארץ ויעלו האנשים וירגלו את־העי׃ in ...
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Prominence of Judah and Joseph in Tribal Allotments

In Joshua 14-17, the tribes of Judah and Joseph (Ephraim and West Manasseh) are distributed first and together take up the majority of the land. The distribution of this land for Judah and Joseph ...
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Does Joshua 6:20 suggest an earthquake occurred at Jericho?

In Joshua 6:20, it states (from the King James version here): So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and ...
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Can you help me find out about the culture of Shittim where Rahab lived?

Was she likely to be sold into prostitution by her parents? Was she likely to have been poor, with no other way to earn a living? Was it likely that her culture accepted prostitution as an acceptable, ...
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Did Luke intend the account of Ananias and Sapphira to be reminiscent of Achan?

I was thinking tonight about how the essential form of the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 parallels the story of Achan in Joshua 7. Both stories feature people lying to the people of God in ...
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Why does Moses change Hosea's name to Joshua?

Name changes throughout the Bible are pretty significant. Numbers 13:16 says that "Moses changed the name of Hosea son of Nun to Joshua." What is the significance of this name change? What are ...
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Was Achan's family punished along with Achan? or was he alone when punished?

Joshua 7:25: And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. The above verse says that Achan was stoned alone (him). But there was a plural ...
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Were all the Canaanites slaughtered or not?

It seems pretty clear in some of the texts that when Land of Canaan was conquered, there were no one left alive, all were killed: Joshua defeated the whole land, including the hill country, the ...
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Who is the captain of the Lord's Host spoken of in Joshua 5:13-15? [duplicate]

Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went ...
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What, if any, is the significance of the color of the cord that Rahab hung out of her window?

Joshua 2 describes Rahab's concealment of the Hebrew spies. Vv. 18 Unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have ...
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Was Abimelech's mother an Israelite?

Gideon's sons... and Abimelech Gideon had many sons: Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives. His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and ...
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Was Rahab a temple prostitute?

Joshua includes a dramatic story of spies, a prostitute, and subterfuge: Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim, saying, “Go, reconnoiter the region of Jericho.” So they set out, ...
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In Hebrews 11 why is Rahab included in the “Hall of Faith” while the spies are not?

Hebrews 11 list a number of people that Hebrews 12:1 calls a "great a cloud of witnesses". Among them are the usual suspects: Noah, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. But there are also some ...
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Did Joshua execute innocents?

We read that Achan confessed his sin of taking spoil that was proscribed for the Lord: Achan answered Joshua, “It is true, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I did: I ...