Study Guide

Book of Joshua Warfare

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Humanity is obsessed with war. From the real battlefield, to the digitized video game level, a lot of people get their jives and jollies from duking it out. During the time of Joshua, people were no different. Very rarely do the Israelites lament being at war, and when they do, it's because they're losing. And that's normal. We lament when we're losing at Monopoly, never mind a real war. But how do the Israelites truly deal with war? What does Joshua have to say about it? What does God have to say about it?

Questions About Warfare

  1. Think back to all the wars you've learned about in history classes. What makes each war so special? What traits do all of them share?
  2. What role does geography play in warfare?
  3. What made the land of Canaan so desirable that people went to war over it?
  4. Why do you think war and death was allowed by God?

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