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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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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 ...
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Is the "captain of the Lord's host" an angel or God Himself?

After Joshua and the people of Israel crossed over the Jordan and before they assaulted Jericho, Joshua had this strange encounter: Once, when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man ...
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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 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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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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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 lord ...
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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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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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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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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 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 the LORD wasn't angry when Joshua's generation failed to be circumcised on the 8th day?

After the Israelites crossed the Jordan but prior to invading Jericho, the LORD told Joshua: "Make flint knives and circumcise this second generation of Israelites." (Josh 5:2) Josh 5:5 ...
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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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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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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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Why would God have to tell Joshua three different times to “be strong and of good courage”?

In Joshua 1 we have: Verse 6: be strong and very courage Verse 7: only be strong and very courage Verse 9: have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage Why did God give this command to ...
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Over twenty-nine cities

In Joshua 15:21-32 (NASB) 21 Now the cities at the extremity of the tribe of the sons of Judah toward the border of Edom in the south were Kabzeel, Eder, and Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, and Adadah, 23 ...
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Why did everyone in the wilderness journey ignore Moses' commandment to circumcise on the 8th day?

Leviticus 12:3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. Joshua 5:7 So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does God order the murder of children in Joshua 6:21 [duplicate]

And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
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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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