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Joshua


Josh´yoo-uh; also Jeshua

1 The dominant figure in the book of Joshua, the successor of Moses and the supervisor of Israel’s conquest of Canaan and of the allotment of the land to the tribes. God told Moses to lay his hands on Joshua and designate him a leader to be obeyed fully by all the people (Num 27:18-23; Deut 34:9). Joshua was also commissioned directly by God in (Deut 31:14, Deut 31:23 and Josh 1:1-9). The book of Joshua then relates how Joshua fulfilled his dual role as conqueror and distributor of the promised land, concluding with a notice of Joshua’s death at the age of 110 and his burial in his allotted territory (Josh 24:29-30; Judg 2:8-9). 2 A resident of Beth-shemesh on whose land the cows bringing the Ark from its Philistine captivity came to a standstill (1Sam 6:14; 1Sam 6:18). 3 A governor of Jerusalem, after whom a gate was named during the late monarchical period (2Kgs 23:8).