1. Exposition

What is the function of Joshua 11:16–23?

Joshua 11:16–23 (ESV)

16 So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland

Joshua 11:16–23 gives a summary of the land that Israel has conquered and provides a conclusion to the first eleven chapters of the book. Israel has destroyed all the primary powers in the land, such that the time of collective fighting is now at an end. The land enjoys rest, the battles have been completed.