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Ancient Levant
“Be strong and courageous; for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.” (Joshua 1:6)
  • God’s aim was to bless the Canaanite nations and eradicate their idols

The Canaanite idols  included:
  • Dagan, Sipiš (or Šamaš),Rasap (or Rešef), Adad (or Hadad), Aštarte (or ’Aštoret), Malik (or Molek ), Kašalu (or košarot), Ašera (or ’Ašerah), and Kamiš (or Moabite Kemoš)
  • Evil practices, immorality and child sacrifice brought judgement and dispossession.
“it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is dispossessing them before you.” (Deuteronomy 9:4)
430 years after God gives the covenant to Abram (including 215 years captivity in the superpower Egypt), Moses leads the greatly multiplied Israel into freedom. Joshua is commissioned with the job of conquering the Promised Land.




Joshua journey to the promised land



Moses leads the Israelites for 40 years through the dessert region of Sinai Peninsula to the Transjordan lands, west of Canaan. They leave Egypt, first traveling to a holy mountain, Sinai or Horeb. They stay there for 2 years then set out from Sinai to the promise land. They are fearful of people there. God gets mad at them because of their lack of faith and places judgment against the generation that came out of Egypt. They continue their journey by heading to Kadesh Barnea – then to Edom and Moab, then finally they cross the River Jordan. According to Deuteronomy, the journey normally took 11 days. 40 Year Journey to the Promise Land.