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The Access Bible New Revised Standard Bible, written and edited with first-time Bible readers in mind.

Joshua - Introduction

Joshua consists of three types of material. Narratives * of conquest under the leadership of the LORD, who fought for Israel as a warrior, make up Josh 2–11 . Chapters 12–21 consist of geography in the form of lists and descriptions. Theological addresses constitute the book's introduction (ch. 1 ) and conclusions (chs. 23–24 ). Narrative, geography, and address all claim the land of promise for Israel. The individual stories in Joshua, which began as folktales about local victories, were written down and gathered into a connected narrative as the triumphs of a unified Israel (chs. 2–11 ). Later this story was re-edited (growing to chs. 1–12, 23 ) to form part of a history of Israel in the land told from the perspective of Deuteronomy's theology. Scholars call this larger work (Deuteronomy through 2 Kings except for Ruth) the Deuteronomistic * History. It was written just before or just after the end of the monarchy in Judah (late seventh or early sixth century BCE). Finally, the geographical material of chs. 13–21 , the story of ch. 22 , and a second conclusion in ch. 24 were added.

Israel's possession of the land was almost always endangered by outside attack or foreign rule. The threat came first from their local neighbors, but later from the major world empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. The book of Joshua served generation after generation as a call to obedient loyalty to God and as a claim on the land God had promised them.

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