Joshua is the name of the leader who led the military campaign to conquer the Promised Land. The name literally means 'God is salvation' . He ordered that the people who had lived there before should be driven out or killed. The book then records the areas allocated to each tribe, and rules for adapting from a nomadic life to a settled one.
Some see the book as being in two parts. The first part concerns Joshua's youth and commission, and God's voice in 13:1 re-commissions him to complete his work in old age.
See Old Testament regarding authorship.
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