Course Description

The Joshua course examines the book of Joshua in 24 engaging and challenging units. Units explain and illuminate each passage of the book in light of the Bible's overarching grand story. Professor Lissa M. Wray Wray Beal offers an engaging and probing introduction to the entire book of Joshua, guiding learners in creatively and faithfully living out its messages in today's context. Using a story-centric approach, this course is ideal for formal and informal students alike, for anyone who wants to better understand the book of Joshua today.

Overall, the Joshua course breathes life into each passage of the book, examined in its canonical and historical setting, in order to foster discernment in living God's story faithfully and creatively with and for the church in the twenty-first century.

By taking this course, you'll gain:

  • Insights into the passage-by-passage of the book of Joshua and how it connects to the story of God
  • A deeper understanding of the idea of total warfare in the Old Testament
  • Familiarity with how to apply the truths found in Joshua for Christians today
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Course Instructor

Lissa M. Wray Beal

PhD, University of St. Michael’s College

Lissa M. Wray Beal is professor of Old Testament and Department Chair of Bible & Theology at Providence Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada. She is coeditor of Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography and author of The Deuteronomist's Prophet, 1 & 2 Kings in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, and Joshua in The Story of God Bible Commentary.

Course Outline

1.     Introduction to Joshua

2.   The Question of Warfare

3.   Joshua 1:1-18

4.   Joshua 2:1-24

5.   Joshua 3:1-5:1

6.   Joshua 5:2-12

7.    Joshua 5:13-6:27

8.   Joshua 7:1-26

9.   Joshua 8:1-29

10.  Joshua 8:30-35

11.   Joshua 9:1-27

12. Joshua 10:1-43

13. Joshua 11:1-23

14.  Joshua 12:1-24


15.  Introduction to Joshua 13:1-21:45

16.  Joshua 13:1-33

17.   Joshua 14:1-15:63

18.  Joshua 16:1-17:18

19.  Joshua 18:1-19:51

20. Joshua 20:1-9

21.  Joshua 21:1-45

22. Joshua 22:1-34

23. Joshua 23:1-16

24. Joshua 24:1-33


Course Textbook

This course is based on the Joshua edition of The Story of God Bible Commentary by Lissa Wray Beal. While taking this course, you will have online access to most of this book's contents. However, if you want off line access or want this book in your personal library as a long-term reference, you may purchase it by clicking on the button to the right which will link you to

Course Details


Lissa M. Wray Beal

Intermediate Elective

24 Units, Self-paced

5.5 Hours of Video

12 Months of Access to All Online Content

3 Credits toward a Certificate, Diploma or Degree

Support by a Clearwater College Professor

Cost: $510 CAN