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Joshua (book of the Bible)

Joshua (jŏsh´ōōə), book of the Bible. It is the first book of the Deuteronomic history (Joshua–2 Kings), in which the theological outlook of the Book of Deuteronomy is used to explain the fate of Israel. As it stands in the canon, Joshua is the historical sequel to Deuteronomy, recounting the invasion and occupation of Palestine by all Israel. The chief figure of the book is Joshua, Moses' successor as leader of Israel. He appears in Moses' lifetime in increasingly important positions—as a warrior, as the assistant to Moses, as one of the spies, and finally as Moses' designated successor. The Book of Joshua may be divided into three sections. First is the conquest of the Promised Land, including the divine appointment of Joshua, the dry crossing of the Jordan River, the fall of Jericho, and the battle where the sun and moon stood still. Second is the allotment of the land to the people by tribes, an episode that begins with the observation that much land had yet to be conquered and includes an account of how the tribes east of the Jordan acquitted themselves of the charge of setting up a sanctuary of their own. Third is the farewell sermon of Joshua and his death. In this section, Joshua makes plain in Deuteronmic terms how the land won can be secured—by renouncing the worship of other gods and by fidelity to the covenant.

See studies by M. Woudstra (1981), R. G. Boling (1982), and T. Butler (1983). See also bibliography under Old Testament.

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Joshua (fl. c.13th century bc), the Israelite leader who succeeded Moses; he led his people into the Promised Land, and captured Jericho. Also, the sixth book of the Bible, named for him, telling of the conquest of Canaan and its division among the twelve tribes of Israel.
Joshua tree a yucca which grows as a tree and has clusters of spiky leaves, native to arid regions of south-western North America. The name apparently comes (in the mid 19th century) from the plant's being likened to a man brandishing a spear, with reference to Joshua 8:18 (‘and Joshua stretched out his hand with the spear towards the city’).

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Joshua. Son of Nun, Hebrew/Israelite leader at the time of the conquest of Canaan. The fact that his name is that of (the Gk.) Jesus made Joshua a type of Christ in early Christian exegesis (e.g. Hebrews 4. 8 f.). In Islam, al-Tabarī records traditions about Yushaʿ/Joshua.

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Joshua (persons in the Bible)

Joshua (jŏsh´ōōə, –əwə), in the Bible. 1 Central figure of the book of Joshua. 2 High priest associated with Zerubbabel in rebuilding the Temple. 3 Owner of the field where the Ark of the Covenant stood. 4 In Second Kings, governor of Jerusalem. 5 Hebrew name for Jesus of Nazareth.

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Joshua Heroic figure among the Israelites, who became their commander after the death of Moses and led them into Canaan following their exodus from Egypt. His subsequent exploits and campaigns are recorded in the Book of Joshua.

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Joshua, Book of

Joshua, Book of. The book in the Hebrew scriptures and Christian Old Testament which describes the conquest and settlement of the land of Canaan.

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Joshua. Oratorio by Handel. Text by Rev. T. Morell. F.p. London 1748.

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