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Commentary on the book of Joshua

Standing with awe and admiration before the great among the prophets, Moses, the receiver of the Law, and the first leader of the people of God, who brought them out of the land of bondage and the bitter servitude of Pharoh, by the mighty arm of the Lord; Yet, as a representative of the Law, he could not bring them into the land of promise, to enjoy Jerusalem, the city of the great King, and to establish there the temple of the Lord. He had to get them across the wilderness, but to stop at the rim of the River Jordan, on the mountain of Moab; there, to look from afar toward the land of promise, yet not to enter it; leaving that to ‘Joshua’, the new leader, as a representative of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alone capable of realizing what the Law could not do, to bring us up to the inheritance; and by whom the promises, long awaited by humanity, are realized.

Through this evangelical view, we see in the book of Joshua, an open Bible, that draws its strength from the salvation work of our Lord Jesus Christ; and, at the same time, reveals the secrets of the New Testament, and presents them in exalted abundance.

I pray to our gracious Lord Jesus, to use this work, to motivate us through it, to yearn to the enjoyment of our eternal inheritance in Him, through the work of His fiery Holy Spirit.

Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty

(Monastery of St. Mena; Mariut September 1982 )

 

CONTENTS

(1) The person of Joshua. (2) The Book of Joshua

THE FIRST SECTION: THE SPIRITUAL WARS AND CONQUESTS:

CHAPTER (1): It is God who works -- Choosing Joshua.
CHAPTER (2): The working faith -- Rahab and the two spies. CHAPTER (3): The possibility of Baptism -- Crossing over the Jordan. CHAPTER (4): The stones of the Jordan.
CHAPTER (5): Preparation for the spiritual war.
CHAPTER (6): The fall of Jericho.
CHAPTER (7): Defeat at Ai.
CHAPTER (8): Fall of Ai
CHAPTER (9): The craftiness of the Gibeonites.
CHAPTER (10): Striking the five kings.
CHAPTER (11): The great plot.
CHAPTER (12): Boundaries of the land of inheritance.

THE SECOND SECTION: THE DIVISION OF THE LAND:

CHAPTER (13): East of the Jordan.

CHAPTER (14): The portion of Caleb.

CHAPTER (15): The portion of Judah. CHAPTER (16): The portion of Ephraim. CHAPTER: (17): The portion of Manasseh.

CHAPTER (18): The portion of Benjamin. CHAPTER (19): The portions of the rest of the tribes.

THE THIRD SECTION: CITIES OF REFUGE AND CITIES OF LEVITES:

CHAPTER (20): The cities of refuge.

CHAPTER (21): The cities of Livites. CHAPTER

(22): An altar with no sacrifice.

THE FOURTH SECTION: A FAREWELL ADDRESS: CHAPTER (23): Delivering the talent of faith. .

CHAPTER (24): The stone of witness.

 

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