The time period from Israel’s entrance into the Promised
Land under Joshua, to their return from Babylonian captivity under Ezra and Nehemiah.
The Jews who decided not to return to the Land after they had the opportunity to do so.
The HIstorical Books cover what time period?
1400 B.C. (Joshua) until 400 B.C. (Esther)
Are the Historical Books in chronological sequence? Why?
No because their purpose is not to provide a mere history
of the nation
The Historical Books are a commentary regarding what?
The history of the covenant: Mosaic Covenant
Was the Mosaic Covenant a conditional or non-conditional covenant?
What was the condition of the Mosaic Covenant?
The people of Israel were blessed by God from abiding to the covenant
Did the Nation of Israel keep the Mosaic Covenant?
No. They continually violated and broke the covenant
What was the punishment for not keeping the Mosaic Covenant?
The people of Israel were exiled from their land
Was the return to their land conditional?
Yes, repentance was required for them to return to their land
What atribute of God do we learn from Israel not keeping the Mosaic Covenant?
God was patient and merciful with his rebellious
Author of Joshua
Internal evidence for Joshua by direct accounts and eyewitnesses
Date of Wirting: Joshua
Theme of the Book: Joshua
Conquest of the promised land through faith and promise.”
Secondary theme of Joshua
While the predominant theme is CONQUEST, the book of Joshua is also very heavy in the miraculous which shows the supremacy of God. There are several acts of faith recorded, as well as failure and disobedience.
Purpose of the Book: Joshua
Joshua recorded the historical fulfillment of God’s promise made to the Patriarchs and Moses to give the promised land of Canaan through military conquest and holy war in order to show that God grants victory (spiritual and military) to those who trust unconditionally in Him and keep his covenant (see Joshua 1:8).
Parallels to the Christian life: Joshua
The land of Canaan where these ancient battles were fought is a type, not of heaven itself, but rather of the heavenly places mentioned in the book of Ephesians (cf 1:3).
A distinction must be made between heaven and heavenly places, for the heavenly places are a scene of CONFLICT, not of peace and rest. Canaan can not be a type of heaven because there is conflict in Canaan, and there will be no conflict in heaven. Once the Israelites reached Canaan, they were not free from conflict, but were compelled to enter the arena of conflict. The battle would just BEGIN. In that sense, the believer, upon salvation, does not cease from conflict: but BEGINS a battle that will not cease until he reaches his eternal rest, i.e. heaven