Joshua 5–6: On the Walls of Jericho, the Fall of Jericho, and a Different Kind of “Circumcision Party” (Bible Talk, Ep. 66)

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Israel has finally inherited the land by faith, and now they must keep it by faith. That’s the story of the Battle of Jericho.

Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Joshua 5–6.


1:09 / It’s neither the first nor the last time hearts have melted upon hearing of the Lord’s power.

4:29 / Why does Israel throw a circumcision party after it crosses the Jordan River? Why did they stop circumcising in the first place? (cf. Ex. 4:24-26, Bible Talk, Ep. 22

8:33 / Sam remembers an additional observation about the first verse, one that will help us make sense of Israel wiping out nations later in the book.

9:34 / What does the Lord mean when he tells Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”

10:27 / After Israel celebrates the covenant sign, it shares a covenant meal. Does this correspond to the Lord’s Supper? (Josh. 5:10-12)

13:03 / Who is the “commander of the army of the Lord” who Joshua meets? What’s the significance of this meeting?

16:02 / What’s the main point of the fall of Jericho?

17:20 / What are the most important details of Israel’s unexpected pre-battle plans?

20:29 / How would you answer someone who struggles to make sense of the Lord’s goodness and Israel’s slaughter of women and children?

22:29 / Joshua foreshadows events in chapter seven when he warns Israel, “Keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction” (Josh. 6:18).

23:28 / Why does Joshua curse the city of Jericho?

24:46 / Why does the last verse of chapter six sound familiar? “So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land” (Josh. 6:27).

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