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Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ or Yehoshua`
Meaning: Jehovah is his help, Jehovah is salvation, or Jehovah the Savior.
Joshua was the son of Nun, of Ephraim, the successor of Moses as the leader of Israel. He is called Jehoshua in Numbers 13:16 (King James Version), and Jesus in Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8 (Revised King James Version, Joshua).
He was born in Egypt, and was probably of the age of Caleb, with whom he is generally associated. He shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites at their great battle against the Amalekites in Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-16).
He became Moses' minister or servant, and accompanied him part of the way when he ascended Mount Sinai to receive the two tablets (Exodus 32:17). He was also one of the twelve who were sent on by Moses to explore the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:16,17), and only he and Caleb gave an encouraging report.
Under the direction of God, Moses, before his death, invested Joshua in a public and solemn manner with authority over the people as his successor (Deuteronomy 31:23). The people were encamped at Shittim when he assumed the command (Joshua 1:1); and crossing the Jordan, they encamped at Gilgal, where, having circumcised the people, he kept the Passover, and was visited by the Captain of the Lord's host, who spoke to him encouraging words (1:1-9).
Now began the wars of conquest which Joshua carried on for many years, the record of which is in the book which bears his name. Six nations and thirty-one kings were conquered by him (Joshua 11:18-23; 12:24). Having thus subdued the Canaanites, Joshua divided the land among the tribes, Timnath-serah in Mount Ephraim being assigned to himself as his own inheritance. (See SHILOH or PRIEST.)
His work being done, he died, at the age of one hundred and ten years, twenty-five years after having crossed the Jordan. He was buried in his own city of Timnath-serah (Joshua 24); and “the light of Israel for the time faded away.”
The character of Joshua is thus well sketched by Edersheim: