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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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What kind of sanctification/purifying was done in Joshua 3:5?

What or how exactly did all Israel purify/consecrate themselves according to Joshua 3:5? "And Joshua said to the people, 'sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.'&...
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Which prophet talked with God face to face

Jewish understanding of Deut. 18:18 is that the prophet like Moses is Joshua. Deut. 34:10 says to be like Moses means that the prophet would talk with God face to face. Did Joshua talk with God like ...
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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:...
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When did Caleb attack Hebron - Before or After Joshua's Death?

In Joshua 14:6 - 15, we read that, after 7 years of conquest, Joshua gave Hebron to Caleb as an inheritance. Up until verse 12, chapter 15 describes the rest of Judah's allotment. Verses 13 - 19 turns ...
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What gods did the Amorites worship?

1 Kings 21:26 He became completely abominable by going after idols, just as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord drove out of the Israelites’ way. When studying the different people groups in ...
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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 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 there a Hazor for Jabin to rule over?

The late-Exodus theory places the Exodus sometime during Ramesses II's reign(c. 1290-1224). This theory identifies the archaeological 1230 BC destruction of Hazor with Joshua's attack on the site. It ...
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Did Balaam die a righteous death?

New King James Version Numbers 23 5Then the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” 6So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt ...
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Greek Rendering of Joshua the son of Nun

Why is Hebrew יהושע בן נון rendered into Greek as Ιησους Ναυη rather than perhaps Νουν? The LXX seems to consistently use Ναυη for the character נון in all cases: Joshua 1:1 εἶπε ὁ Κύριος τῷ Ἰησοῖ ...
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What is the significance that Caleb outlived Joshua?

Joshua 24:29 New International Version After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. Judges 1:1 After the death of Joshua, the Israelites ...
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Which stones "are there to this day" in Joshua 4:9?

Joshua 4:8-9 read 8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had ...
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If only the sons of Kohath could carry the Ark of the Covenant, why did Joshua in Joshua 3:12 tell the children of Israel something different? [closed]

If only the Levites could carry the Ark of the Covenant, why did Joshua in Joshua 3:12 tell the children of Israel something different? He told them to pick a member from each tribe. Joshua 3:12–13 (...
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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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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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Why did Joshua bring back the king of Ai only to hang him?

Why did Joshua bring back the king of Ai only to kill him? Joshua 8:29
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Why is Jude 1:5 translated 'Jesus' instead of 'Joshua'?

Jude 1:5 has major textual variants. One reads "Ὑπομνῆσαι δὲ ὑμᾶς βούλομαι, εἰδότας ὑμᾶς ἅπαξ πάντα, ὅτι Ἰησοῦς λαὸν ἐκ γῆς Αἰγύπτου σώσας τὸ δεύτερον τοὺς μὴ πιστεύσαντας ἀπώλεσεν" Why is ...
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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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Did God change his mind concerning visiting the sins of the fathers onto the sons in Jeremiah 31?

God had given instructions to Moses that he will visit the sins of the fathers onto the children Exodus 20:5 NIV 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a ...
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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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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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Why were God's reactions so different in Exodus 4:24-26 and Joshua 5:2 concerning circumcision?

Exodus 4:24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are ...
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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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What does "and all that he hath" in Joshua 7:15 and 24 entail?

And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought ...
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What is the book of Jashar ( the book of the upright)?

In the book of Joshua, chapter 10, verses 13 through 15 they mentioned Book of Jashar What is the book of Jashar ( the book of the upright)? Are there any surviving copies, or they all lost?
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Interpretation of the sun and moon standing still?

In the book of Joshua, chapter 10, verses 12 through 15, it is written that God made the sun and moon stand still. At that time Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites ...
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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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Why are passages in the Book of Joshua repeated in the Book of Judges (Jos. 15:15-19, Jdgs. 1:11-15)?

In these two parallel sets of passages, why is the Book of Judges merely restating that which was stated in Joshua 15? Joshua 15:15-19, NASB: Then he went up from there against the inhabitants of ...
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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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Why did God order the destruction of Jericho in Joshua?

Why did God order the destruction of the city of Jericho in Joshua 6:21-25?
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Is casting lots considered prophecy?

In Joshua 18:6 (NASB) And you shall write a description of the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me. Then I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. or in Jonah ...
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Did the pagan nations have free will in Joshua 11 before being annihilated?

Joshua 11:18-20 NASB “Joshua waged war a long time with all these kings. There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites living in Gibeon; they took them all in ...
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The Siege of Jericho and the Seven Seals

Do the seven seals of the book of Revelation have an origin in the siege of Jericho? This siege framework imagery can then be expounded upon, as with the seven seals, independently with the siege ...
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Does God consistently accept man’s repentance in the Old Testament?

Joshua 7:20-21 NASB “So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this is what I did: when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar ...
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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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Why does Paul say they were baptized in the sea and not in the river in 1 Corinthians 10:2?

KJV 1 Corinthians 10 : 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; The children of Israel crossed two water points a sea and a river on their way to Canaan.There were more or ...
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In Deut 32:44, Moses refers to Joshua as “Hoshea” in many translations. If all the 1st gen Israelites are dead, why the old name reference?

In many translations, Deut 32:44, Moses refers to Joshua as Hoshea son of Nun (in translations such as GNV, KJV, ASV, EHV, OJB, CJB). Some translations (ie: NKJV, ESV, CSB, HCSB) have Moses saying ...
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Why was Joshua son of Nun not considered YHVH God to Israel, when he made the Sun stand still in [Joshua 10:12-13]?

Ancient Israel would think a person's ability to control the Sun to be a Godly power. Israel could have thought Joshua son of Nun יְהוֹשֻׁ֣עַ בִּן־נ֔וּן was actually YHVH God Himself in Joshua 10:12-...
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Do priests also carry the ark?

In Joshua 3:3 (NASB) and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place ...
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How does the Stone hear words in Joshua 24:27?

Stones do not have ears to hear. Yet we learn in [Joshua 24:27] that The-Stone (הָאֶבֶן Ha-Even) was a Witness which שָׁמְעָה "heard" >> כָּל־אִמְרֵי יְהֹוָ֔ה "all [the] Words of ...
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Is there a contradiction about memorial stones

In Deuteronomy 16:22 God says not to set up a memorial stone, which He hates. Yet in numerous other places, e.g., Joshua 4:8 memorial stones are set up, apparently with God's approval. Is Deut. 16:...
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Did Joshua doubt God's word in Joshua 7:7?

God had clearly promised Joshua that he will vanquish all his enemies and divide the land KJV Joshua 1 : 5 - 6 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was ...
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Does Joshua leading the Israelites across the Jordan (Jos. 3:14-17) parallel our lives in Christ?

There are at least two points that seem relevant: I. The similarity in the names: Joshua, or Jehoshua (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ‎ Yəhōšūaʿ), and Jesus appear identical when we consider that they both reduce ...
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What does the book of Jasher refer to?

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst ...
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What is the significance that God ordered Joshua to circumcise the Israelites after they had crossed the Jordan River rather than before?

Genesis 34: 24All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised. 25Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, ...
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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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Do the 7 trumpets in Revelation 8:6 allude to Joshua 6:13?

Joshua 6: 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ...
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Why is Joshua so pessimistic before he dies?

The people are optimistic about worshiping the Lord Joshua 24 16So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17for the Lord our God is He ...
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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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Why was the Angel Of The Lord worshiped by Joshua if he was just an angel?

Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?