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joshua


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Joshua 
  n  1:  Moses'  successor  who  led  the  Israelites  into  the  Promised 
  Land;  best  remembered  for  his  destruction  of  Jericho 
  [syn:  {Joshua},  {Josue}] 
  2:  a  book  in  the  Old  Testament  describing  how  Joshua  led  the 
  Israelites  into  Canaan  (the  Promised  Land)  after  the  death 
  of  Moses  [syn:  {Joshua}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Joshua,  TX  (city,  FIPS  38080) 
  Location:  32.46217  N,  97.38037  W 
  Population  (1990):  3828  (1561  housing  units) 
  Area:  14.8  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  76058 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Joshua 
  Jehovah  is  his  help,  or  Jehovah  the  Saviour.  The  son  of  Nun,  of 
  the  tribe  of  Ephraim,  the  successor  of  Moses  as  the  leader  of 
  Israel.  He  is  called  Jehoshua  in  Num.  13:16  (A.V.),  and  Jesus  in 
  Acts  7:45  and  Heb.  4:8  (R.V.,  Joshua). 
 
  He  was  born  in  Egypt,  and  was  probably  of  the  age  of  Caleb, 
  with  whom  he  is  generally  associated.  He  shared  in  all  the 
  events  of  the  Exodus,  and  held  the  place  of  commander  of  the 
  host  of  the  Israelites  at  their  great  battle  against  the 
  Amalekites  in  Rephidim  (Ex.  17:8-16).  He  became  Moses'  minister 
  or  servant,  and  accompanied  him  part  of  the  way  when  he  ascended 
  Mount  Sinai  to  receive  the  two  tables  (Ex.  32:17).  He  was  also 
  one  of  the  twelve  who  were  sent  on  by  Moses  to  explore  the  land 
  of  Canaan  (Num.  13:16,  17),  and  only  he  and  Caleb  gave  an 
  encouraging  report.  Under  the  direction  of  God,  Moses,  before 
  his  death,  invested  Joshua  in  a  public  and  solemn  manner  with 
  authority  over  the  people  as  his  successor  (Deut.  31:23).  The 
  people  were  encamped  at  Shittim  when  he  assumed  the  command 
  (Josh.  1:1);  and  crossing  the  Jordan,  they  encamped  at  Gilgal, 
  where  having  circumcised  the  people,  he  kept  the  Passover,  and 
  was  visited  by  the  Captain  of  the  Lord's  host,  who  spoke  to  him 
  encouraging  words  (1:1-9). 
 
  Now  began  the  wars  of  conquest  which  Joshua  carried  on  for 
  many  years,  the  record  of  which  is  in  the  book  which  bears  his 
  name  Six  nations  and  thirty-one  kings  were  conquered  by  him 
  (Josh.  11:18-23;  12:24).  Having  thus  subdued  the  Canaanites, 
  Joshua  divided  the  land  among  the  tribes,  Timnath-serah  in  Mount 
  Ephraim  being  assigned  to  himself  as  his  own  inheritance.  (See 
  {SHILOH};  {PRIEST}.) 
 
  His  work  being  done  he  died,  at  the  age  of  one  hundred  and 
  ten  years,  twenty-five  years  after  having  crossed  the  Jordan.  He 
  was  buried  in  his  own  city  of  Timnath-serah  (Josh.  24);  and  "the 
  light  of  Israel  for  the  time  faded  away." 
 
  Joshua  has  been  regarded  as  a  type  of  Christ  (Heb.  4:8)  in  the 
  following  particulars:  (1)  In  the  name  common  to  both  (2) 
  Joshua  brings  the  people  into  the  possession  of  the  Promised 
  Land,  as  Jesus  brings  his  people  to  the  heavenly  Canaan;  and  (3) 
  as  Joshua  succeeded  Moses,  so  the  Gospel  succeeds  the  Law. 
 
  The  character  of  Joshua  is  thus  well  sketched  by  Edersheim:, 
  "Born  a  slave  in  Egypt,  he  must  have  been  about  forty  years  old 
  at  the  time  of  the  Exodus.  Attached  to  the  person  of  Moses,  he 
  led  Israel  in  the  first  decisive  battle  against  Amalek  (Ex. 
  17:9,  13),  while  Moses  in  the  prayer  of  faith  held  up  to  heaven 
  the  God-given  'rod.'  It  was  no  doubt  on  that  occasion  that  his 
  name  was  changed  from  Oshea,  'help,'  to  Jehoshua,  'Jehovah  is 
  help'  (Num.  13:16).  And  this  name  is  the  key  to  his  life  and 
  work  Alike  in  bringing  the  people  into  Canaan,  in  his  wars,  and 
  in  the  distribution  of  the  land  among  the  tribes,  from  the 
  miraculous  crossing  of  Jordan  and  taking  of  Jericho  to  his  last 
  address,  he  was  the  embodiment  of  his  new  name  'Jehovah  is 
  help.'  To  this  outward  calling  his  character  also  corresponded. 
  It  is  marked  by  singleness  of  purpose,  directness,  and 
  decision...He  sets  an  object  before  him  and  unswervingly 
  follows  it"  (Bible  Hist.,  iii.  103) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Joshua,  a  savior;  a  deliverer 
 




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