noun \ˈjä-sh(ə-)wə\

Definition of JOSHUA

:  the divinely commissioned successor of Moses and military leader of the Israelites during the conquest of Canaan according to the account in the book of Joshua
:  a mainly narrative book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see bible table

Origin of JOSHUA

Hebrew Yĕhōshūaʽ
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses. According to the biblical book of Joshua, Joshua led the people of Israel westward across the Jordan River to invade Canaan. Under his leadership the Israelites conquered the Canaanites and gained control of the Promised Land. The book begins by recounting the battles, including the famous demolition of the walls of Jericho. Joshua then divides Canaan among the 12 tribes of Israel, makes his farewell speech, and dies. The book was compiled much later than the events described, perhaps during the Babylonian Exile in the 6th century BC.


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