The Book of Joshua is the story of the Israelite invasion of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, the successor of Moses. Notable events recorded in this book include the crossing of the Jordan, the fall of Jericho, the battle at Ai, and the renewal of the covenant between God and his people. One of the best-known passages in the book is, “Decide today whom you will serve…. As for my family and me, we will serve the Lord” (24.15).
Outline of Contents
The conquest of Canaan (1.1—12.24)
The division of the land (13.1—21.45)
a. The land east of the Jordan (13.1-33)
b. The land west of the Jordan (14.1—19.51)
c. The cities of refuge (20.1-9)
d. The cities of the Levites (21.1-45)
The eastern tribes return to their territory (22.1-34)
Joshua's farewell address (23.1-16)
The covenant renewed at Shechem (24.1-33)
Before Moses died, Joshua was chosen to lead the Israelite people into the promised land. The book named after this charismatic leader describes his various military expeditions and how he led the Israelite armies into victory over the Canaanites. The book ends with the division of the land among the twelve tribes of Israel.