1. Structure and outline

The literary arrangement of Joshua 5–8

Joshua 5:1–8:35 (ESV)

1 As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.

  • Heading (Joshua 5:1)

  • Preparation: Covenant sacraments (Joshua 5:2–12)

  • Invasion: First fruits of success in the war of the Lord (Joshua 5:13–6:26)
    Curse, failure, and the anger of the Lord (Joshua 7:1–26)
    Restoration and the help of the Lord (Joshua 8:1–29)

  • Conclusion: Covenant renewal (?)1