Studies in the Books of Joshua and Judges
by Rev. Philippe L. De Coster, D.D.
The Book of Joshua
For the first five books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch, we have now beforeus the history of the Jewish nation as Joshua brings it forward, and those thatfollow it to the end of the book of Esther. To the end of the books of the Kings,the Jewish theologians call the first book of the prophets to bring them withinthe distribution of the books of the Old Testament, into the Law, the Prophets,and the Chetubim, or Hagiographa:“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while Iwas yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the lawof Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luke 24:44)”(KJV)In the five books of Moses, the Pentateuch or Torah, we have a very full accountof the rise, advance, and constitution of the Old Testament, the Tenach (theJewish Bible), God’s Assembly, the family out of which it was raised, thepromise, that great charter by which it was incorporated, the miracles by whichit was built up, and the laws and ordinances by which it was to be governed,from which one would conceive, very different from what we find in ordinaryhistory.