The book of Joshua memorializes a transitional episode in Israel's national history. The heroic figure Joshua leads the new generation of Israel across the Jordan and into the land of promise, conquering Canaanites and overseeing the allotment of the inheritance among the tribes.
However, the book of Joshua is foremost a story of God, who works powerfully on behalf of Israel and Joshua, fulfilling his covenant promises. In the final chapter, it is God who receives Israel's worshipful recommitment at Shechem.
Richard S. Hess explores the historical, theological and literary dimensions of the book of Joshua, and presents evidence for placing the events of Joshua in the late second millennium BC.
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“There is a twofold aspect to this. God promises the land but the people must take it for themselves. They must fight in accordance with God’s explicit direction and their allotment of the land must follow his guidance.” (Page 75)
“For the Christian, Christ’s promise of his presence to his disciples resembles God’s promise to Joshua. It forms the basis for sending his disciples on their worldwide mission (Matt. 28:18–20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).” (Page 78)
“God’s grace in forgiveness and salvation and as a means to victory over sin. Like Joshua, Christians do not succeed spiritually because they obey God’s law. Instead, God through Christ enables them to have victory over sin (1 Cor. 15:57).” (Pages 80–81)
“The name describes a special role that Moses wished Joshua to have when he renamed him in Numbers 13:16. Joshua’s earlier name, Hoshea, simply means ‘he has saved’. In the name Hoshea, the person or god who saves is not made clear. Moses specified the Lord as the source of salvation by renaming Joshua.” (Page 18)
“Thus the term could be used in a variety of circumstances but always within a context of God’s presence and support.” (Page 79)
Dr. Richard Hess is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Denver Seminary. He is the editor of the Denver Journal, Denver Seminary’s online theological review, and the Bulletin for Biblical Research. He is also the founder and editor of the Bulletin’s Supplement Series and is a member of a dozen scholarly societies. Dr. Hess has done postdoctoral research at universities in Chicago, Jerusalem, Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and has held National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and Tyndale House (Cambridge) postdoctoral fellowships and grants. Dr. Hess has worked on the New International Version, the New American Bible, the Holman Standard Christian Bible, the English Standard Version, and OurNewBible translations of the Old Testament. Dr. Hess has authored eight books and edited 13 others. In addition to several hundred book reviews and dictionary articles, Dr. Hess has published more than 100 scholarly articles in journals such as Biblica, Biblical Archaeologist, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and Themelios.