Introduction
The Book of Joshua is named for the man chosen to succeed Moses. The book tells the story of the movement of the Israelites across the Jordan into the land of Canaan, where they made settlements in the less populated highland areas. Joshua also describes the rationale and process the tribes followed for apportioning their areas in the land, while stressing that the people must view this new land as the gift of God and not as something they have earned. Notable events in the book include the famous battle of Jericho (chapter 6) and the covenant renewal ceremony at Shechem (chapter 24). In renewing the covenant the people of the current generation who had not been present at Mount Sinai when their ancestors rebelled against God solemnly promise to follow Joshua's example in having nothing to do with Canaanite deities. They also promise to serve only the one true God and to keep all the commandments God has given as they make the adjustment to settled life in the new land.
Outline
Crossing the Jordan into the land of Canaan (1.1—12.24)
Apportioning Land to the Tribal Groups (13.1—22.34)
Joshua's Farewell Address (23.1-16)
The Covenant Renewal Ceremony at Shechem (24.1-33)
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