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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

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Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24

Book Overview - Joshua

by Thomas Coke


THE book of Joshua seems to have been written after the time of Joshua; because in chap. Joshua 16:10 it is said, they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day. But it was written before the time of Solomon; because 1 Kings 9:16 it is said, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had taken Gezer, and burned it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife. This book, according to Abarbanel, was written by Samuel; and a further proof that it was written after Joshua's time, is chap. Joshua 4:9; Joshua 19:47. The allotment of the Danites, there mentioned, was after Joshua's time. See Judeges 18. Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law, chap. Joshua 24:26 is an addition. The book might very properly be called Joshua, from the hero of it, though it was not immediately penned by him; and there can arise no objection against it, whether it was written by Samuel, Ezra, or any other inspired writer. But for a full discussion of the question, we refer to Calmet's Preliminary Dissertation, and to Allix on the sacred Scriptures.

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