Category Archives: Joshua

Book Write-Up: Glory Days, by Max Lucado

Max Lucado.  Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Max Lucado notices that a number of Christians are in a rut.  They are not overcoming temptation.  They wonder if … Continue reading

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A Truly Fresh Start?

I wrote a post on May 24, 2013 about the underwater memorial in Joshua 4:9 and Jimmy Swaggart’s view that the stones comprising that memorial were from Israel’s experience in the wilderness, and that the message of the memorial was … Continue reading

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Who Wrote Joshua 22?

I was thinking about the authorship of Joshua 22.  I don’t know anything about the scholarly discussion on this issue, but I was just looking at elements of the chapter and I was asking myself who could have written it. … Continue reading

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Forsake Not the Assembling of Yourselves Together

Hebrews 10:23-25 states (in the King James Version): “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking … Continue reading

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Joshua 4:9: The Underwater Memorial

In Joshua 4, the Israelites cross the Jordan River while it is parted, as the Levites stand in the midst of the Jordan upholding the Ark of the Covenant.  The Israelites carry twelve stones to the shore to build a … Continue reading

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Crossing the Jordan and the Question of Miracles

In Joshua 3, the Israelites cross the Jordan River on dry ground.  God does this miracle to affirm before the Israelites that God is with Joshua, as God was with Moses. But was it really a miracle?  The Intervarsity Press … Continue reading

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Respecting Authority

“Your beliefs should be in line with your pastor’s”, the leader of a Bible study group I was in said in the group’s first meeting of the school year.  “I believe in church authority, so the minister has a right … Continue reading

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Completing Nelson’s Commentary on Joshua

I finished Richard Nelson’s commentary on the Book of Joshua. 1.  Nelson talks about the distribution of the Promised Land among the tribes in the Book of Joshua, and he dates parts of that story to different times.  One historical … Continue reading

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Benjaminite Joshua Stories, Cherem Loopholes, Sun and Moon Standing Still

I’m continuing my way through Richard Nelson’s commentary on the Book of Joshua. I have three items for today. 1.  On the story of Achan in the Book of Joshua (Joshua 7), Nelson states: “Because wicked Achan is so clearly … Continue reading

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Starting Nelson’s Commentary on Joshua

I started Richard Nelson’s commentary on the Book of Joshua. I have three items. 1.  Nelson does not believe that the Book of Joshua presents an accurate account of the Conquest, for the same reasons that many biblical scholars reject … Continue reading

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