Notes on Joshua March 7 2010
I am here to introduce text and stimulate questions, but not to answer them all. Good questions – you can research and bring back answers.
These are rough study notes – meant to both remind and to stimulate further thought. Sources are in bold and described at end.
As we go into the land – the people are set apart and defined: by covenant, Passover (memory), circumcision, proscribing the natives.
Various events and traditions have been reworked very substantially over time and ultimately included in the Bible in order to substantiate a particular picture of God. Accounts were also changed by later tradents, authors and editors who revised in accordance with beliefs.
(JSB – Brettler)
Circumcision and Passover mark entry into land and provide didactic value in emphasizing two traditions introduced in Torah that were to become defining practices of Judaism.
(JSB – Meyers)
JSB = Jewish Study Bible. Carol Meyers: “Joshua.” Marc Zvi Brettler: “Nevi’im” and “Canonization”
HCBC = Harper Collins Bible Commentary. Walter E. Rast: “Joshua.”
WBC = Women’s Bible Commentary: Dana Nolan Fewell: “Joshua.”
Joshua Chapter 3-5 in detail
3:3 – 4—— The
of the Brit (Covenant) advances – borne by levitical priests – so the people know the route to march. See cloud by day and fire by night which did not depart (Ex 13:21-22 and see Ex 14:19). What is the difference between Priests leading and God leading Ark
3:7———- God exalts Joshua
3:10——– God will dispossess
waters will dry up when priests feet touch water Jordan
3:15 – 17– crossing of
(see Ex 14:15-30 esp 21: Moses held out hand and YHVH drove..) Jordan
PARTS OF 4
4:6 – 7—— Stones and tell the children
cut off waters; repeated at Jos 4:20-22 Ark
4:14——– YHVH exalts Joshua and
reveres him like Moses Israel
4:23——– YHVH dries up
Jordan like (not priests here) Sea of Reeds
4:24——– Thus all peoples of earth will know YHVH’s might and fear YHVH
READ 5:1-11: Defining of the people
5:1———- Loss of spirit (because of Jordon, not like
as with Rehab) Reed Sea
5:2 – 3—— Circumcision (see Gen 34 – Dinah)
5:4 – 6—— Never see the land because did not obey YHVH – see Numb 14:21-24 and 30-38, Deut 1:34-38
5:10——– Passover celebrated after recovery from circumcision
5:12——– The end of the manna – end of an era.