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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament


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(יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, later יֵשׁוּעַ, ‘Jahweh is deliverance or salvation’)

Joshua, the successor of Moses in the leadership of Israel, was named Ἰησοῦς in the Septuagint and NT, and therefore ‘Jesus’ in the English Authorized Version ; but the Revisers, in accordance with their rule of reproducing OT names in the Hebrew rather than the Greek form, have changed this into ‘Joshua.’ St. Stephen in his apologia speaks of the fathers entering with Joshua into the possession of the nations (Acts 7:45); and the writer of Hebrews, imbued with Alexandrian-i.e. Platonic and Philonic-teaching as to the distinction between visible things and their heavenly ideas, says that the rest which Joshua gave the Israelites, when he led them into the promised land, was after all not the Rest of God, but only the material symbol suggesting the spiritual reality-the Sabbath-rest which remains in the unseen world for the people of God (Hebrews 4:8-9).

James Strahan.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Joshua'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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