Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|According to the Book of Joshua, where else is the miracle of the sun and moon standing still recorded?||Joshua
The Book of Jasher. This books has been lost to us today. Some scholars associate it with a book mentioned in Numbers and II Samuel, called "the book of the wars of the Lord."
|After the conquest of Jericho, who took the "accursed thing," bringing God's wrath upon the Israelites?||Joshua
Achan. See Joshua Chapter 7. The Jews were not supposed to take of the spoils of war, but Achan did, and hid them in his tent. As a consequence, Achan and his children were stoned and burned along with the stolen possessions.
|How many times, total, did the Israelites compass the city of Jericho before the walls fell?||Joshua
Thirteen. They went around it one time per day for 6 days, and then 7 times on the 7th day.
|What did Joshua do to the men shortly before they went to war with Jericho?||Joshua
Circumcised them. Apparently, those who were born in the wilderness had not undergone the covenant of circumcision. This occurs in Joshua 5, at the command of God.
|Which miracle occurs first in the book of Joshua?||Joshua
The waters of the Jordan are parted. This first miracle occurs in Joshua 4. When the priest bearing the ark of the covenant set foot into the waters, the Jordan parted. When they came back onto dry land, the waters fell back into place, and flowed over the banks of the Jordan as before. To commemorate the event, Joshua had each of the twelve tribes lay out a stone as a memorial.
|Joshua sends two men to spy out Jericho. With whom do they lodge?||Joshua
A prostitute. They lodged in the house of Rahab the harlot, who hid them and lied to save them when the men of Jericho came looking for them. For this, she was rewarded with her life when the Israelites sieged the city.
|In the first chapter of Joshua, God repeatedly tells Joshua to be what?||Joshua
Strong and of good courage. God tells him this in Joshua 1:6, 1:7, and 1:9. Moses also tells him the same in Deuteronomy.
|Before which priest was Joshua set when he was ordained a leader of the people?||Joshua
Eleazar. In Numbers 27:17-23, Joshua was publicly ordained. Moses asked God to set a shepherd over the congregation, to lead them in his absence, and the Lord chose Joshua. Moses laid his hands upon Joshua "and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation."
|When sent to spy out the promised land, Joshua was one of only two spies who gave a positive report. How many gave a negative report?||Joshua
Ten. There were twelve spies total, but only Caleb and Joshua said they thought the land could be taken.
|When Eldad and Medad prophesied in the camp, Joshua told Moses to prohibit them from doing so. Did Moses take Joshua's advice?||Joshua
No. Moses said, instead, "would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!" (Numbers 11:29)
|When is Joshua first mentioned in the Bible?||Joshua
Just after the Exodus. He is first mentioned in Exodus 17:9, when Moses tells him to lead the forces against the Amalekites. This is just a matter of months after the Exodus, and prior to the conquest of Canaan.
|To what tribe did Joshua belong?||Joshua
Ephraim. Ephraim was one of the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel (Jacob). The priests came from the tribe of Levi, and the Messiah descended from the tribe of Judah.
|What does Joshua's name mean?||Joshua
Jehovah is salvation. Jesus's Hebrew name would have been Joshua, which is also written as Yehoshua, Yeshua, and Hoshea.
Ephraim. Joshua 24:33 " And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim." Aaron, you may recall, is the brother of Moses.
Ed. Joshua 22:34 "And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the Lord is God. You may have also seen Reuben's name mentioned in "Genesis". He is the oldest child of Jacob.
Ebal. Joshua 8:30-31 "Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel in mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings."
seven. Joshua 6:3-5 "And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him." The "Veggie Tales" version of this story "Josh and the Giant Wall" is a great way to teach children. It's also fun for adults to watch.
the tenth day of the first month. Joshua 4:19 "And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho."
three. Joshua 1:11:"Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within "three" days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it."
Nun. "Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel." (Joshua 1:1-2)
Achan, son of Zerah. After the Israelites had taken Jericho, they were defeated while attempting to take Ai. The reason was that Achan had kept some of the plunder for himself. His entire family was stoned along with him, and then burned. They heaped a large pile of rocks over Achan and called that place, "The Valley of Achor". (Joshua 7:25-26)
Eleazar. Eleazar was the son of Aaron. He took over the duty of high priest when Aaron died. He lived to see the Israelites enter Canaan, then, "Eleazar son of Aaron died and was buried at Gibeah, which had been allotted to his son Phinehas in the hill country of Ephraim." (Joshua 24:33, NIV)
Shiloh. Joshua 18:1 of the New International Version tells us that The Tent of Meeting was placed at Shiloh when the Israelites first entered Canaan. However, after many years and many major wars, in the time of King David the Tent of Meeting was placed at Gilgal while the Ark of the Covenant was placed at Jerusalem. Maybe this signified division in later years.
Zelophehad's. Zelophehad had no sons, only daughters. So when it came to handing out the land, they made sure they got their share. They went to Joshua and the leaders and said, "The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers." So, Joshua 17:4 reports, "Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the Lord's commands."
Hebron. When Moses sent out the twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan, Joshua and Caleb were the only two spies who brought back a good report. For their faith in God, God promised them land in Canaan, and this was fulfilled in the Book of Joshua. "Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance." (Joshua 14:13, NIV)
31. The Israelites defeated the kings of Jericho, Ai, Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmutht, Lachish, Eglon, Gezer, Debir, Hormah, Arad, Libnah, Adullam, Makkedah, Bethel, Tappuh, Hepher, Apnek, Laharon, Madon, Hazor, Shemran, Meron, Acshaph, Taanach, Megiddo, Kedesh, Jokneam, Dor, Goyim, and Tirzah. Joshua 12:9-24 lists them and counts them as "Thirty-one kings in all" (NIV).
Gibeon. "On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord: in the presence of Israel: 'O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.' So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies." (Joshua 10:12-13, NIV)... "There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel."
|Where did Moses instruct the Israelites to build an altar to the Lord when they had entered Canaan?||BBB Bible Series: Joshua
Ebal. Joshua 8:30-35 of the NIV tells us that Moses instructed the Israelites to build an altar to the lord on Mount Ebal. They were to use stones, coat them with plaster, and not use any iron tool on them, and to write on them very clearly all the words of the law. Afterwards Joshua read all the blessings and curses of the law, then half the people stood on Mount Ebal and pronounced curses, while the other half of the people stood on Mount Gerizim and pronounced blessings.
The armed guard. "When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lords covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark." (Joshua 6:8, NIV) Then they marched around the city 13 times. The priests blew their trumpets and the people shouted, and the walls came tumbling down.
Euphrates. After Moses had died, God gave the authority to Joshua to bring the Israelites into the land of Canaan. God told Joshua, "Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates-all the Hittite country-to the great sea on the west" (Joshua 1:4). The great sea here is the Mediterranean.