Book of Joshua

Book of Joshua Book of Judges First and Second Samuel First and Second Book of Kings

Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel Twelve Prophets

  • Joshua
  • Judge
  • Rut
  • 1 Samuel (1 Kings )
  • 2 Samuel (2 Kings )
  • 1 Kings ( 3 Kings)
  • 2 Kings ( 4 Kings)
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah ( 2 Esdras )
  • Tobit ( Tobias )
  • Judit
  • Ester additives
  • 1 Maccabees
  • 2 Maccabees

Name after the ÖVBE. Bracketed names are followed by the Septuagint. Kursiviert: Deuterocanonical books, in Protestant Bibles Apocrypha

The Book of Joshua, Yehoshua or Joshua also called (Hebrew יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, Yehoshua ) is the sixth book of the Tanakh and the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It describes the conquest and early settlement of Canaan by the Israelite tribes from the time after the death of Moses to the death of Joshua. Since the Middle Ages, it is divided into 24 chapters.


The book of Joshua is named after the Ephraimite Joshua the son of Nun. Joshua is represented as a servant of Moses, who was later appointed to be his successor and commander (Ex 33:11 EU; Deut 34.9 EU; Jos 1,1 f EU). The author 's name is unknown, but is closely linked to the Torah. The Torah is explicitly mentioned in Jos Jos 1.8 EU 8.31 EU 8.34 EU Jos, Jos 23.6 EU and its theological conception continue. The connection is so close that some researchers Torah and the book of Joshua summarize the Hexateuch. The book of Joshua connects directly to the narrative of the Torah and reports the entry into the Promised Land, the end of the wilderness wanderings and the division of the land to the tribes. The book suggests even the pursuit of Torah by Joshua in Joshua 24:26 EU.


The book of Joshua is composed of three main parts.

Chapters 1-12 describe the crossing of the Jordan and the conquest of the West Bank by the Israelites. In these chapters, several etiological legends are included. You are in the final phrase " unto this day " recognizable.

  • The explanation of the twelve stones in the Jordan at Gilgal 4.9 EU
  • The place Gilgal, and why it is a sanctuary 5,9.15 EU
  • Belonging to the family of Rahab the people of Israel 6.25 EU
  • A cairn, the grave of Achan in the valley of Jericho Acho 7,26 EU
  • The explanation of the cairn name Ai 8,28 EU
  • A cairn at the site of the gate of Ai 8,29 EU
  • Gibeonites woodcutters and water as the creator of a Israelite sanctuary 9,27 EU
  • Stones at the entrance of a cave at Makkedah 10,27 EU

Add 10.28 to 29 EU a list of conquered territories and in Chapter 12 is a list of the defeated kings takes place.

Chapters 13-21 describe in detail the distribution of land to the twelve tribes of Israel. The diverse data can be recognized on the basis of additional documents as historically reliable description of the settlement areas of the individual tribes, however, are partly from a later period. The desert hike has achieved their goal with the " land flowing with milk and honey ". All the tribes, clans and families get their part of the country, also the Levites who do not own land, get their living cities assigned.

The final form, the return of the men of the Eastern tribes to their tribal areas in Chapter 22 EU. In 23 EU and 24 EU to find detailed speeches of Joshua, and the renewal of the covenant at Shechem.


In the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the name of Yehoshua Aramaic Yeshua / Jesus as Yeshu ( Ἰησοῦς, Iesous ) is transliterated.