Joshua Intro

The book is titled after Joshua, the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim. In Hebrew, his name is pronounced Yehoshu’a, which means YAHWEH is Salvation. This is the same name given to Jesus. Jesus is the English translation from the Latin form of Joshua, Iesus.

The book of Joshua was most likely written by Joshua himself, although never mentioned. Written between 1400B.C. – 1340 B.C., it is the first of 13 books in the Old Testament known as the historical books.

Joshua, along with Caleb, were one of the 12 spies Moses sent to spy out the land of Canaan, and the last remaining survivors of those who witnessed God’s miracles in the desert. Joshua was Moses assistant. He followed Moses halfway up Mt. Sinai when God gave Moses the 10 commandments. 

The book of Joshua covers the conquests of Israel as they went in to Canaan to take possession of the land God promised them through Abraham. God waited over 400 years for the sin of this land to hit such a level that He had no choice but to wipe it out.

Consider the parallel between what God did through Joshua in the Old Testament versus what God did through His only begotten Son Jesus, in the New Testament; God delivered the Israelites through their trials and battles to give them a temporary rest in the “promised land” of this world. Jesus delivers us from our battles by carrying us into the Eternal “Promised Land” for all His people, which will never fade away.