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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September 27, 2020 – Joshua 13:1-33 – Unfinished Conquest and the Division of the Land

Joshua failed to completely conquer the Canaanites. How much of our spiritual inheritance still remains unclaimed?

Notes on Joshua 13:1-33

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September 20, 2020 – Joshua 12:1-24 – List of Defeated Canaanite Kings

This concludes Joshua’s conquest of the Promised Land. But why repeat all this here? Because it shows us both the enemies that had to be overcome while at the same time giving us a view of the spiritual resting place God has provided.

Notes on Joshua 12:1-24

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September 13, 2020 – Joshua 11:1-23 – Joshua’s Campaign in the North and the Question of Genocide

The ministry of Jesus and His disciples covers much of the territory discussed in Joshua’s military campaigns. Jesus, like Joshua,  also overthrew “kings,” but they were spiritual “principalities and powers” resisting the kingdom of God. Also, was the conquest of the Promised Land a genocide?

Notes on Joshua 11:1-23

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September 6, 2020 – Joshua 10:1-43 – The Sun Stands Still for Joshua

When the five Amorite kings converge to punish the Gibeonites, Joshua takes a bold step of faith and the sun and moon stand still during the battle.

Notes on Joshua 10

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August 30, 2020 – Joshua 9:1-27 – The Craftiness of the Gibeonites

The Gibeonites want to defect from the Canaanite alliance and join with Israel, but to do that, they first have to fool Joshua.

Notes on Joshua 9:1-27

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