the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments Sutcliffe's Commentary
by Joseph Sutcliffe
THE BOOK OF JOSHUA.
This book contains the passage of the Israelites through Jordan; the renewal of their covenant at Gilgal; the conquest and partition of the country by Joshua. It marks the faithfulness of God to his promises made to Abraham, and his seed: and it marks not less the faithfulness of God to his threatenings in the excision of the seven devoted nations. It delineates the religious, the military, and political character of Joshua as a model for christian princes, and men invested with command. Having written the covenant in a book, Joshua 24:26, there can be no doubt but he wrote his own history, leaving the last chapter to be finished by another person; as was the case with the last chapter of Deuteronomy. It must have been written by Joshua himself, because he says, Joshua 5:0. l, “until we passed over Jordan.” The body of the history comprises a period of seventeen years. But to the death of Eleazar, it was about twenty seven years.