An Old Testament prophet and leader, and the successor of Moses. He was born in Egypt before the children of Israel escaped (Num. 14:26–31). He and Caleb were among the twelve spies sent to Canaan. They alone gave a good report of the land (Num. 13:8, 16–33; 14:1–10). He died at the age of 110 (Josh. 24:29). Joshua was a great example of a devout prophet-warrior.
This book is named after Joshua because he was the principal figure in it and not because he was the author. Chapters 1–12 describe the conquest of Canaan; chapters 13–24 tell of the tribes of Israel dividing up the land and of Joshua’s final counsels.