Joshua - Concordia Commentary

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Dr. Harstad explores history, culture, archaeology, and theology of the book of Joshua in this Concordia Commentary.
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“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” (Joshua 1:5) This is God’s promise to Joshua, but through the book of Joshua it becomes clear that this was also His promise to Israel and, fulfilled in Christ, His promise to us. More than mere history, Joshua is a narrative theology that directly propagates the covenant in salvation history. Dr. Harstad employs a historical-grammatical method in this original translation, and he pursues what he considers the grand theme of Joshua; The Lord fulfills His promises to the land of Israel. He also considers Joshua as a sort of parallel to Acts, both being narrative histories about the continuation of the Church after the paradigm shifts of Moses’ death and Christ’s ascension.


  • An overview of Joshua’s place in the cannon
  • A history, geography, and timeline of Joshua
  • Comparisons of the roles of Joshua and the book of Acts

Additional Essays

  • On the Man Joshua
  • The Central Themes and Subthemes of Joshua
  • Excursi on Jericho, the Jordan, and the Name of the Lord

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About the Author

Adolph L. Harstad is Professor of Exegetical Theology, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota. He studied at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin (B.A.), Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Wisconsin—Madison (M.A., Hebrew and Semitic Studies). He has also served as a parish pastor and missionary in Zambia, Africa.


"As Harstad’s introductory remarks indicate, the commentary is not restricted to articulating what the text meant in its original context. Rather the approach is canonical and theological in its orientation, utilizing the principles of analogy of faith and analogy of Scripture within the framework of the Lutheran tradition."

Robert B. Chisholm, Department Chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary in Bibliotheca Sacra 165 (April-June 2008)

"A great strength of this work is the copious notes on each verse. Lexical references abound, and the constant link with reference grammars (Waltke and O'Connor, Joüon, Williams) is very helpful. Quite helpful are the frequent references to Qumran and the LXX. Another strength of the work is the author's sensitivity to geography. Harstad notes the significance, name, and location (where known) of places in Joshua, acknowledging his dependence upon Aharoni and others."

Robert D. Spender, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster PA in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (December 2006)

About the series

The Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the Biblical text.

The series will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament, with an original translation and meticulous grammatical analysis of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek of each text. The foremost interpretive lens centers on the unified proclamation of the person and work of Christ across every Scriptural book.

The Commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture; Each passage bears witness to the confession that God has reconciled the world to Himself through the incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ His Son.

Authors expose the rich treasury of language, imagery, and thematic content of the Scripture, while supplementing their work with additional research in archaeology, history, and extrabiblical literature. Throughout, God’s Word emanates from authors careful attention and inculcates the ongoing life of the Church in Word, Sacrament, and daily confession.

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