Joshua takes over as leader after Moses' death and prepares the people to enter the land God had promised to Abraham nearly 500 years earlier. Joshua's authority is established and accounts given of the battles fought in order to secure the land.
Joshua is tricked into promising not to attack some of the existing inhabitants, which meant that God's instruction, to kill all non-believers in the land to avoid the Israelites being 'polluted' by their heathen ways, couldn't be fulfilled.
The Israelites are ultimately successful, thereby fulfilling God's promise to Abraham that they would have a land of their own 'flowing with milk and honey' and be a numerous people - as great as the grains of sand on the seashore.
Before he dies, Joshua reminds the people of their Covenant with God and writes a new version to be housed with the original in the 'Ark of the Covenant'.
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