Joshua

Joshua 


An Outline:


Introduction      Author/date     Outline      Typology




1. Introduction

The fifth book of the Bible. This book is an account  of how the children of Israel entered, conquered and colonised Canaan, under the leadership of Joshua.

2. Author and date


The Talmud says that, apart from the last five verses, Joshua himself wrote the book that bears his name. There is no reason to question this assertion at all. The internal evidence is consistent with this:  it was written before King David's time ( Jos. 15:63 - David expelled the Jebusites) and whilst Rahab was still living ( Jos. 6:25)

3.  Outline

 
Section Ref. Subsection Notes
Crossing
into
Canaan
Ch.1-5
Ref.  
Ch.1
Joshua commissioned
1:1-9 The Lord speaks to Joshua
1:10-15 Joshua speaks to the people
1:16-18 The people respond
Ch.2
The Land spied
2:1 Jericho spied
2:2-21 The spies lodge at Rahab's house
2:22-24 The men escape and return
Ch.3-4
Crossing Jordan
3:1-17 Israel passes over Jordan
4:1-10 12 stones set up in Jordan
4:11-18 Jordan returns
4:19-24 12 stones set up in Gilgal
Ch.5
Reproach of Egypt removed
5:1-9 Circumcision renewed
5:10-11 Passover kept
5:12 The Manna ceases
5:13-15 The Captain of the Host revealed
 
Conquering
Canaan
Ch.6-12
Ch.6-7
The Firstfruits
6:1-14 Compassing Jericho 6 days
6:15-27 Jericho falls, Rahab saved.
7:1-5 Defeat at Ai
7:6-26 Achan's sin revealed
Ch.8-12
The land subdued
8:1-29 Ai taken
8:30-35 The blessings and curses of the Law
9:1-27 League with the Gibeonites
10:1-43 Victory of the hills, of the South, of the vale and of the springs. ( v.40)
11:1-23 Victory in the North, the plains, on the West and East
12:1-24 List of the 31 kings smitten.
 
Colonising
Canaan
Ch.13-24
Ch.13-17
The first possessions
13:1-12 The land to be divided
13:14-23 Reuben's inheritance
13:24-28 Gad's inheritance
13:29-32 Half tribe of Manasseh' inheritance
13:33 Levi: God is their inheritance
14:1-15:63 Judah's inheritance
16:1-17:18 Children of Joseph's inheritance
Ch.18-21
The remaining possessions
18:1-10 The  remaining  7 tribes by lot.
18:11-28  Benjamin
19:1-9  Simeon
19:10-16  Zebulun
19:17-23  Issachar
19:23-31  Asher
19:32-39  Naphtali
19:40-48 Dan
19:49-52 Joshua & Elieazar's inheritance
20:1-9 Cities of refuge appointed
21:1-45 Levites appointed 48 cities
22:1-34 The  two and half tribes return tot eh other side of Jordan
Ch.23-24
Joshua's farewell
23:1-10 Recalling the possession of Canaan
23:11-16 Warning of going back
24:1-13 Recalling Israel's history
24:14-28 Joshua's plea
24:29-33 Joshua's death
 



4. Typology in Joshua


As with many OT events, Joshua typifies some truths of the New Covenant. The most obvious example is the commentary in Heb. ch.3-4  concerning the rest in Christ.