Studying the Historical Books


After completing our 3 1/2-year cycle of readings in the Torah, we’ve decided to continue with the historical books that follow, beginning with Joshua. We’ll read first about the conquest of the Canaanite tribes, then examine the disappointing time of the Judges – punctuated by the exploits of Gideon and Samson – and the turmoil that led up to the anointing of Saul as King.

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November 22, 2020 – Cities of Refuge and the Levite Cities – Joshua 20-21

The Cities of Refuge that offered sanctuary to fleeing manslayers are a type of Christ, as well as a type of the church.

Notes on Joshua 20-21

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November 15, 2020 – The 12 Tribes and the Church’s Ministries

We’re pausing in the study of Joshua and the Promised Land inheritance to reflect on the connection between the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the manifold ministries and gifts in the church.


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November 8, 2020 – Joshua 19:1-51 – Inheritance of the remaining six tribes

This chapter describes the lot for the remaining six tribes, and then the inheritance granted to Joshua. Dan’s inheritance gives insight into Jesus’ reference to the “Gates of Hell” in Matthew 16.

Notes on Joshua 19:1-51

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November 1, 2020 – Joshua 18:1-28 – Joshua rebukes the seven tribes

Joshua rebukes the remaining seven tribes for “falling short” of their inheritance in the Promised Land.

Notes on Joshua 18:1-28

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October 25, 2020 – Joshua 16 & 17 – Canaanites ‘Under Tribute’

Neither Ephraim nor Manasseh were able to drive out the Canaanites, but had them “under tribute.” What are we gaining by allowing Canaanite strongholds to remain within us?

Notes from Joshua 16 & 17

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