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The Main Events in the Book of Joshua

Updated on November 15, 2013

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The Book of Joshua

The Book of Joshua is the sixth book of the Jewish scriptures and Christian Bible. It tells the story of how Joshua led the Israelites in their campaign to take the land of Canaan or modern day Palestine. The Israelites referred to the land of Canaan as the Promised Land because the Lord had promised that land to Abraham their founding father.

The Main Events in the Book of Joshua

Joshua 1

The Lord promises Joshua He will be be with him; commands Joshua to follow the Book of the Law and to be strong and courageous. Joshua reminds the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh of their responsibility to help the other tribes receive their inheritance.

Joshua 2

Joshua sends spies to check out Jericho. Rahab the prostitute helps the spies and they promise to save her family.

Joshua 3

The Lord directs the people of Israel to cross the Jordan. The Lord holds back the Jordan river so the people can cross on dry ground.

Joshua 4

The Lord directs Joshua and the people to set up a memorial to remind the people how the Lord took them across the Jordan. Joshua is exalted in the sight of the people.

Joshua 5

The men of Israel are circumcised. Joshua encounters the commander of the Lord's army.

Joshua 6

The Lord leads Israel to victory over Jericho.

Joshua 7

The Israelites are routed by Ai. Achan's sin is exposed.

Joshua 8

The Lord leads Israel to victory over Ai. Joshua sets up an altar at Mount Ebal and copies the laws of Moses on to stone tablets. The people of Israel stand on Mounts Ebal and Mount Gerizim while the Levites recite blessings and Joshua reads the Book of the Law.

Joshua 9

Joshua and the elders are fooled by the Gibeonites.

Joshua 10

The sun stands still as Joshua and the Israelite army pursue rout five Amorite kings. Joshua and the Israelite army conquer southern cities in Canaan.

Joshua 11

Joshua and the Israelites defeat the northern kings and their cities.

Joshua 12

Inventory of defeated kings and their cities.

Joshua 13

Joshua accounts all the land still to be taken. Joshua allots the land east of the Jordan.

Joshua 14

Joshua divides the land west of the Jordan. Caleb receives a special allotment in Hebron.

Joshua 15

The allotment for Judah

Joshua 16

The allotment for the Tribe of Ephraim

Joshua 17

The allotment for the Tribe of Manasseh

Joshua 18

Division of the rest of the land. The allotment for the Tribe of Benjamin.

Joshua 19

The allotments for the Tribe of Simeon, the Tribe of Zebulun, the Tribe of Issachar, the Tribe of Asher, the Tribe of Naphtali, and the Tribe of Dan. The allotment for Joshua.

Joshua 20

Joshua establishes Cities of Refuge west of the Jordan.

Joshua 21

Joshua allots towns and land for the Levites

Joshua 22

The eastern tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half tribe of Manasseh return to their lands and make a covenant not to abandon their duties as part of Israel.

Joshua 23

Joshua summons the people and commands them to be strong and courageous and follow the Lord.

Joshua 24

Joshua implores the people to choose the Lord over all other gods and endeavors. The people of Israel promise to follow the Lord. Joshua dies and is buried in the land of his inheritance.


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      Jay C OBrien 6 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Grant Preston, believe me I have read, but it comes back to what you think God is like. As for me, God is Good and always Good. God would never command one person (or group) to harm another. That is why I renounce the paradigm of the Rabbis.

      Here is another explanation for your review:

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      Grant Preston 6 months ago

      @JayCOBrien Read the surrounding verses in the NKJV or ESV and it will make more sense. Praying for you from the Houston Hurricane. God Bless!

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      Jay C OBrien 21 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Help me out here. According to Joshua, he was given authority by God to kill every man, woman and child in the land. Today, killing based on religious beliefs is Terrorism. Did Joshua actually have a covenant or was that a lie?

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      The God-ordained method for arriving at the desired goal of possessing the land was the annihilation of every man woman, child and animal living there (Joshua 6:21). I am surprised you left that out. Doesn't God's command deserve to be seen as a main event in the story?