The Book of Joshua is sequel to the Pentateuch. Moses died in the Land of Moab within the sight of the Promised Land. Moses has already appointed Joshua to continue where he stopped and Joshua his successor was left with the mission of leading Israel across the Jordan intothe promised land.
The greater part of the Book describes the conquest of Canaan and the division of the Land among the tribes of Israel.
After the fall of Jericho and Ai and the capitulation of Gideon in central Canaan, Joshua was confronted by two successive Coalitions of Canaanite States, one inthe South with the King of Jerusalem at its head and the other in the north under Jabin of Hazor. Through divine assistance, Joshua was able to conquer both South and North, and to apportion the land among the tribes. Pockets of resistance continued, however and it was the responsibility of each tribe to occupy the land assigned to it. The Book of Joshua records the history of Israel from Joshua’s appointment as Moses Successor to his death at the age of 110.
OUTLINEOFTHE BOOK OFJOSHUA
PREPARING FOR CONQUEST-CHAPTER 1:1-5:15
Joshua commissioning as Moses Successor-Chapter 1;1-9. Preparation for Crossing the Jordan-Chapter 1;10-2:24. Crossing the Jordan-Chapter 3:11-4:24.
Encampment at Gilgal-Chapter 5:1-15
CONQUEST OF CANAAN-CHAPTER 6:1-12:24
The Capture of Jericho-Chapter6:1-27
Achain’s sin and Israel’s defeat-Chapter7:1-26. VictoryatAi-Chapter8:1-29.
Altar erected at Mount EbaI-Chapter 8:30-35. Deceit of the Gibeonites-Chapter9:1-27. Conquest of Southern Canaan-Chapter 10:1-43 Conquest of Northern Canaan-Chapter 11:1-15. Review of the Conquest-Chapter 11:16, 12:24.
DIVIDING THE TERRITORY-CHAPTER 13:1-21:45
Unconquered Portions of Canaan-Chapter 13:17.
The EasternTribes-Chapter 13:8-33
The Western Tribes-Chapters 14:1-19:51
Cities of Refuge-Chapter 20:1-9.
Cities for Priests and Levites-Chapter 21:1-45.
CONCLUDING EVENTS-CHAPTERS 22:1-24:33
Return of the EasternTribes-Chapter 22:1-34
Joshua1s Farewell Address and Death-Chapter 23:1-24: 33.