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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