Updated: Aug 31
Images from Icons of the Bible James Lewis
The Icons of The Bible Series will go through all the people of the Bible in chronological order. I will attempt to provide you focused article and videos that will help you become more familiar with those whom God chose to tell us about in His Holy Scripture. - Andy
Icons of the Bible: Joshua - Successor to Moses
Joshua (Yehoshua in Hebrew) was Moses’ successor who led the Israelites into the Promised Land. The Bible describes Joshua as a devoted student, a saintly man, and a brilliant military commander. Joshua led his people on all fronts, exhorting them to serve G‑d and uphold the Torah, while at the same time leading them in military conquest. Born in Egypt in 2406 (1355 BCE), he led his people for 28 years until his passing in the year 2516 (1245 BCE). His story is recorded in the Book of Joshua.
A Faithful Disciple
Joshua, son of Nun, was from the tribe of Ephraim. His name was originally Hoshea (Hosea) but was changed by Moses to Yehoshua (Joshua). He was Moses’ faithful attendant, about whom the Bible attests that he “never moved from the tent”1 of Moses. He was devoted heart and soul to his master, and waited by the foot of Mount Sinai all while Moses was atop communicating with G‑d. He formed an important link in the chain of transition, since Moses taught Joshua the Torah, and he passed on those teachings to the elders, who relayed the teachings to those who came after them.2 And when Moses would go to the “Tent of Meeting” to commune with G‑d, Joshua would accompany him. The first to stand up in defense of his master’s honor, Joshua was infuriated when Eldad and Medad prophesied about Moses’ death (read the story in the Bible here).." from the article: Joshua of the Bible
Video from BibleProject
"Watch our overview video on the book of Joshua, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Joshua, after Moses' death, Joshua leads Israel and they settle in the promised land currently occupied by Canaanites." from video introduction.
God’s Promise to Joshua And Believers: A Bible Study And Commentary
Read how God encouraged Joshua (and us) after Moses’ death to lead Israel into the Promised Land.
After Joshua was taking over for Moses who had passed away, God must have known Joshua needed encouragement, so He told Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses” (Joshua 1:2-3), so God was telling Joshua that He had promised Moses that Israel would enter the land that He was giving them, so Joshua was not to worry over that since “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.”.. from the article: God’s Promise to Joshua And Believers: A Bible Study And Commentary