Joshua 11–21: On the Big, Boring List of Place Names that You Should Read with Tears in Your Eyes (Bible Talk, Ep. 69)

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11.23.2022

When you get to Joshua 11–21, you’ll be tempted to speed-read. It’s just a long list of places and names you’ve never heard of.

But the original readers? They would have read it slowly, with tears in their eyes. Alex, Jim, and Sam discuss.

SHOW NOTES

2:32 / Why cover so many chapters in a single episode?

3:49 / Though Israel’s opposition boasts superior firepower, they stand no chance.

6:14 / How do we understand the purpose statement behind Joshua’s war-making? (Josh. 11:20)

7:55 / Why are the Anakim significant?

8:42 / The author of Joshua isn’t a dispensationalist. 

10:31 / Promises made to Moses are fulfilled through Joshua.

12:32 / How is the conquest completed if there’s still war to be fought?

16:37 / What is the Lord referring to when he tells Joshua, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess”? (13:1)

17:00 / How does the structure of chapters 13-24 of Joshua reveal their emphasis?

23:57 / What does Joshua state is the main point of his lengthy list of place names? (21:43-45)

25:23 / Why are the Levites mentioned so many times in these chapters?

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Painting: A map of the Land of Canaan or Holy Land, John Bowles (1760)

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