Did you know…?
- Joshua and Jesus are two versions of the same name, and for this reason, early Christian interpreters saw Joshua’s story as allegorically foreshadowing that of Jesus.
- According to
Josh 10:14, Joshua’s miracle of stopping the sun is the only miracle in which God listens to a human’s command.
- Joshua is a descendent of Joseph, and both live to 110 years.
- Samaritan tradition describes Joshua as eight feet tall and a king who sat on a throne and wore royal purple and a crown.
- In Jewish tradition, Joshua marries Rahab the harlot and they have daughters, while in Christian tradition, Joshua remains a life-long virgin and Rahab marries Salmon, father of Boaz, ancestor of Mary’s husband, Joseph.
Does Joshua Conquer the Entire Land?
The book of Joshua offers two different accounts. The book opens militarily, with Joshua sending spies into Jericho, their first target (
After making an accidental peace with the Gibeonite cities (
And yet, in
Is Joshua a Prophet?
Joshua meets an angel of God outside Jericho and is told to remove his shoes, in a scene reminiscent of Moses’s first encounter with God at the burning bush (
Joshua wields the power of a prophet: He lays a curse upon anyone who builds Jericho (