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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Joshua 2, 6

THEME

God in war and conquest

SETTING

14th–13th century BCE Jericho. The date is disputed by some archaeologists.

KEY FIGURES

Joshua Moses’s successor as leader of the Israelites and commander of their army.

Rahab A prostitute or inn-keeper living in Jericho, who shelters Joshua’s spies and helps them to elude their pursuers.

Joshua’s conquest of the city of Jericho is the start of God’s fulfillment of His covenant with the Israelites—their settlement of Canaan, the Promised Land. Drawing on oral traditions and written sources, the authors of Joshua probably wrote the account during the Babylonian captivity of around ...

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