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People: Joshua

Joshua

The successor of Moses, Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan.

Background

As the Israelites left Egypt on their exodus, Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses to reconnoiter the land of Canaan.   Joshua and Caleb were the only two who had confidence that God would give Israel the land of Canaan despite its formidable inhabitants. Because of their faith God allowed Joshua and Caleb to enter the promised land, but he vowed that the others of Joshua's generation would die in the wilderness. God instructed Moses to designate Joshua as his successor.  Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land.   The book of Joshua recounts his victories at Jericho, Ai, and other places.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus