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Josh, overview

Author: Joshua; perhaps with later editing by Samuel.

Time: 1406 – 1400 BC.

Summary: Joshua was selected by God to succeed Moses and lead the nation into the Promised Land. The book outlines the conquest and occupation by Israel under his military leadership. God explicitly states that all the inhabitants of the land were to be utterly driven out or destroyed in order to assure spiritual purity and complete devotion to God. Joshua is the first book of what is called the Former Prophets.

Key verse: "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD" (Josh 24:15).

Outline:

Entrance into the Promised Land: Josh 1:1 - 5:12

Conquest of the Promised Land: Josh 5:13 - 12:24

Division of the Promised Land: Josh 13:1 - 22:34

Joshua's final speeches: Josh 23:1 - 24:33

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