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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August 9, 2020 – Joshua 6:1-27 – The Destruction of Jericho

Israel circles the city of Jericho blowing the shofar. It’s walls fall flat, the city is destroyed, and Rahab and her family are rescued.

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August 2, 2020 – Joshua 5:1-15 – Israel is Circumcised and Celebrates Passover

The new generation is circumcised, they celebrate the first Passover in the Promised Land, and Joshua meets the mysterious Captain of the Lord’s Host.

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July 26, 2020 – Joshua 4:1-24 – Two Sets of Twelve Stones

At the crossing of the Jordan River, Joshua commands that 12 stones be pulled from the river and set up at Gilgal as a sign and a memorial to the miracle. Twelve other stones were deposited in the river as a warning.

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July 19, 2020 – Joshua 3:1-17 – Crossing the Jordan

Departing from Shittim, the Ark of the Covenant, carried by priests, would lead the way for the Children of Israel to cross the Jordan River on dry ground.

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July 12, 2020 – Joshua 2:1-24 – Rahab Hides the Spies

In this episode of Joshua, the harlot Rahab hides the spies and lets them down outside the walls with a scarlet cord.

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