Who wrote the books of the Bible and when?

      Book of Joshua, the succession of Moses by Joshua son of Nun around 1400 B.C., is believed to have been written by Joshua some time between the twelfth and fourteenth century B.C. Joshua was a military leader (Exodus 17:9-13) and one of the spies sent into the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:8). Although it accounts for his death, it may have been completed by Phinehas the high priest. It is about the conquest and division of the land of Canaan by the Israelites.

      The Book of Joshua includes accounts of the following events:

The Lord's warning not to forget his commandments
Lord's command to Joshua to go forth and conquer the land of Canaan
Rahab the prostitute and the spies in Jericho
Crossing of the Jordan River
Fall of the walls of Jericho
Destruction of the cities of Canaan
Altar on Mt. Ebal
Death of the Amorite kings
List of defeated kings
Division of the land to the tribes of Israel
Cities of refuge and towns for the Levites
Renewal of the Covenant
Death of Joshua
Burial of Joseph's bones in the Promised Land

        After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them -- to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates --all the Hittite country-- to the Great Sea (Mediterranean) on the west. No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Joshua 1:1-5)

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