Essay on The Book of Joshua

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The Book of Joshua

The book of Joshua begins with the preparation of Joshua and the people of Israel for invasion of Jericho under the Lord's presence and leadership. First, Joshua ordered the people who were to cross the Jordan to Jericho to prepare themselves. Then, he placed them under strict orders of obedience to his authority (1:10-18). Next, he sent out two spies to Jericho to retrieve information about the enemy. The spies went to the house of a prostitue name Rahab, as a cover for their actions. This plan did not work because the king of Jericho sent men to Rahab's house to try to find them. She had hidden the well, however, and was able to convince the king's men that they weren't in her house. Since Rahab's home was
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When they had recovered, preparations got under way for the attack on Jerricho. In a vision, Joshua saw the leader of the Lord's army. The purpose of this seems to have been to assure Joshua of divine leadership in the days ahead
(5:13-15).

The numbers here are significant other than for their numerical value. Seven symbolized completion, ten perfection, and 12 completeness (6:12-16). Joshua was given orders to carry the arc of the covenant up to Jericho with seven priests carrying seven ram's horns.
Armed troops were to march ahead of the priests blowing horns also. However no one was to give the battle cry until Joshua gave the signal. They marched around the walls of Jericho once in this fashion, and then retired to camp. This was done six days in a row, and then on the seventh day they marched around the walls seven times before Joshua gave the signal, and the people yelled a battle cry. The walls crumbled, and the soldiers flooded into the city. Everything was to be destroyed as an act of dedication to God. Only the prostitue
Rahab, who had helped the spies, was to be spared (6:17-25). Finally, when the city was conquered, a curses was pronounced upon it to prevent its rebuilding (6:26-27). As harsh as the requirements of the holy war might seem, an incident involving an
Israelite named Achan would make it seem even more harsh. Strict regulations governed the disposal

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