Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ussher: Joshua and the Conquest of Canaan

     Notes on James Ussher, The Annals of the World (1658).
      1451 BC, 12th month (Adar), 1st day: Moses climbs Mount Nebo, sees the Promised Land, then dies (Num. 27:12-13; Dt. 3:23-29, 31;2-4, 7; 32:49-50, 34:1-5) (P297).
     The Israelites mourned for Moses the rest of the month (Dt. 34:8) (P300). So ends the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, covering 2552 years of history from the creation of the world to the eve of the entry of Yahweh’s people into the land he promised their ancestors to give them. Joshua will lead them into it this 41st year after the Exodus from Egypt (P301).
     1451 BC, first month (P302): Joshua sends two spies to Jericho. Rahab the prostitute protects them (Josh. 2) (P303).
     1451 BC, first month, tenth day (Friday, April 30): the Israelites cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land (P307). Jericho falls (Josh. 6) (P312).
     1451 BC, autumn: Israel stops eating manna and starts farming the land. This year thus marks the first from which future sabbatical and years will be reckoned (Ex. 23:10-11; Lev. 25:2-7; Dt. 15:1-9, 31:10) (P321).
     1446 BC: Joshua leads Israel against Canaanites for six years (Josh. 11:1-18) (P322).
     1445 BC: “The first Sabbatical year they kept was the seventh year from the first year when they began tilling the ground in Canaan. Joshua, a type of Jesus, had brought them into this place of rest, which was a type of that Sabbath and rest which the true Jesus was to give to God's people (Heb. 4:9). From this time is reckoned the years of Jubilee, which was every fifty years. (Lev. 25:8-13)” (P333).
     The Tent of Meeting is set up in Shiloh and there the Ark of the Covenant remains for 328 years (Josh. 18:1) (P335).
     About 450 years had passed from Yahweh’s choice of Isaac in Canaan to Israel’s rest (Josh. 21:43-44) in the Promised Land (Acts 13:17, 19, 20) (P337).
     1443 BC: Joshua dies aged 110 as Joseph had (Gen. 50:26; Josh 23:1, 24:29-30) (P340).

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