Notes: Joshua 1-4

Joshua 1-4

Bible Narrative Project

Readings to discuss:
Conquest of Canaan
Did God Command Genocide in the Old Testament?

Chapter one. It’s go time. Be strong and courageous. The two and half tribes are reminded of their obligation to help fight.

Chapter two. Rahab. Sort of reminds me of Tamar. It’s interesting how such women make it in to this grand narrative, isn’t it? Also reminds me of the deliverance of Lot (and Noah)–and Israel’s firstborn. It’s so cool to hear that Israel and her God’s reputation precedes her.

Chapter three: The waters of the Jordan are stopped and the ark stands in the way for Israel to pass on dry ground. As if Jericho weren’t terrified enough. Does wonders for Israel’s confidence in God’s choice of Joshua as they head toward Jericho.

Chapter four: A more correct translation would be “the twelve stones that had been in”.

It’s interesting. We have Rahab and the scarlet cord, parallel to Israel’s Passover. This is followed by crossing the Jordan the way they crossed the Red Sea.

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About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. A para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.
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