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'''Joshua''' is the sixth book of the [[Old Testament]], immediately following the [[Pentateuch]].
 
'''Joshua''' is the sixth book of the [[Old Testament]], immediately following the [[Pentateuch]].
  
It describes the [[Israelite]] conquest of [[Canaan]] by its eponymous [[Joshua (Biblical leader)|hero]].
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It describes the [[Israelite]] conquest of [[Canaan]] by its eponymous [[Joshua (Biblical leader)|hero]] and takes place after [[Moses]] freed the Hebrews from [[Egyptian]] bondage and led them through the wilderness for 40 years.  The book ends with Joshua's dividing up the terroritories between the [[12 tribes]] and his subsequent death.
  
 
Some have considered it one the more troubling books of the Bible due to its apparently unambiguous exhortations to the murder of civilians - for example, after Joshua has massacred the entire population of Jericho (Joshua 6:20), God instructs him to 'Do to Ai what you did to Jericho' (Joshua 8:1).
 
Some have considered it one the more troubling books of the Bible due to its apparently unambiguous exhortations to the murder of civilians - for example, after Joshua has massacred the entire population of Jericho (Joshua 6:20), God instructs him to 'Do to Ai what you did to Jericho' (Joshua 8:1).
  
However, one should be careful to distinguish between murder for murder's sake, and being an instrument of God's wrath - the Canaanites at the time were practitioners of [[child sacrifice]] and other abominations.<ref>http://www.theology.edu/canaan.htm</ref>
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However, one should be careful to distinguish between murder for murder's sake, and being an instrument of God's wrath - the Canaanites at the time were practitioners of [[child sacrifice]] and other abominations<ref>http://www.theology.edu/canaan.htm</ref> and God told the children of Israel to wipe them out lest they be corrupted.  They failed to carry out his instructions, and corruption away from God was a constant problem in their history.
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 23:18, 25 May 2007

Joshua is the sixth book of the Old Testament, immediately following the Pentateuch.

It describes the Israelite conquest of Canaan by its eponymous hero and takes place after Moses freed the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage and led them through the wilderness for 40 years. The book ends with Joshua's dividing up the terroritories between the 12 tribes and his subsequent death.

Some have considered it one the more troubling books of the Bible due to its apparently unambiguous exhortations to the murder of civilians - for example, after Joshua has massacred the entire population of Jericho (Joshua 6:20), God instructs him to 'Do to Ai what you did to Jericho' (Joshua 8:1).

However, one should be careful to distinguish between murder for murder's sake, and being an instrument of God's wrath - the Canaanites at the time were practitioners of child sacrifice and other abominations[1] and God told the children of Israel to wipe them out lest they be corrupted. They failed to carry out his instructions, and corruption away from God was a constant problem in their history.

References

  1. http://www.theology.edu/canaan.htm