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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 2 edition (January 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

Udo W. Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and a longtime worker at Swiss L'Abri. Udo and Debbie Middelmann have five children and three grandchildren.


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The information has an easy flow with points presented in a clear way.
Charles E. Greer
This book helps give some understanding to the issue of why God allows what we perceive as "un-Godlike" action (such as destroying all the people who lived in Canaan.
D. Dotterweich
If you struggle with understanding the God of the Old Testament, I highly recommend this book.
Julie Stephens

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julie Stephens on July 3, 2006
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If you struggle with understanding the God of the Old Testament, I highly recommend this book. Mr. Schaeffer puts the best history teacher to shame as he draws us into 1400 BC, and into the lives of Joshua, Caleb, Rahab the harlot, the lying Gibeonites and other colorful characters that contributed, however unknowingly, to Christianity as we know today. Woven throughout his insights into these amazing stories is the unchanging concept of the God who is There, the I Am that I Am. Although the title of this book leads one to believe it is a character study of the general Joshua, the glory and the reality of God's character take center stage. This book is not hard to read at all, but its conclusions are startling. Be aware before you buy-- your worldview might change.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn H. Hopler on January 4, 2007
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Francis A. Schaeffer has done a great job of presenting a wonderfully accurate commentary on the book of Joshua...It was one of the best that I have ever read. He follows the text and presents good, sound interpretations. You will find it a good companion to your study of this old and yet so revealing book of Joshua.

Enjoy, C. Hopler from North Carolina :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Walker on October 30, 2008
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We can use what Joshua learned to also become great leaders. In this commentary, Schaeffer uses a good portion of the book of Joshua along with other pertinent books of the Bible. He is exhaustive and repetitive covering certain passages, nevertheless he drills it home superbly. We discover we are not left to a leap of faith, history in space and time is written for us.

The book of Joshua is a crucial link between the Pentateuch (writings of Moses) and scripture. In the book we learn of leadership; the covenant and judgment; acquisition of land; the rise of civil justice; and the importance of the cities of refuge (which is a parallel to Christ). But let us not fall into the trap that because we are saved by grace we think it doesn't matter how we live our lives or, aninomianism.

Schaeffer tells us, "a man of God must stand and trust God----even against his own people, even if in the minority, even in the midst of physical danger."

And also, "it is just plain stupid for a Christian not to expect spiritual warfare while he lives in enemy territory"

Wish you well and blessings
Scott
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe P. McAdams on August 21, 2010
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Written in 1975 and re-released in 2004 Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History is relevant, insightful and applicable. Schaeffer draws out the significance of Joshua's place in biblical history and challenges the reader to apply the text to his own life. He uncovers many theological threads that flow through the entire Bible and opens up the reader's mind to the meaning of the whole.

Not for the novice, Schaeffer offers solid insight and excellent teaching for those wanting to go deeper in their understanding of the Bible. Schaeffer's writing style is slightly dated and all Scriptures are quoted in the King James so you may want to keep your favorite modern Bible translation open as you read Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History.
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There are some very thoughtful reviews contained in the review section of Amazon on this book and there would be no point in repeating them. My perspective was how to use this book as an aid in leading my small group Bible study in the reading of Joshua. My goal was to do more than just review the historical aspects of the Joshua with the group and the Schaeffer book was perfect for expanding the group discussion far beyond those historical aspects. It has given me the sound foundation needed to provide the group with the knowledge needed on how Joshua fits into the bigger picture of redemption as laid out in the Bible. This books makes it relatively easy to explain the meaning of continuity within the Bible and I believe, will give this group some real insight into the bigger picture so that all of those in the group will be more effective advocates in advancing the word of the Lord.
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Schaeffer work in this publication is excellent. It has been one of my major sources in my current class on Joshua. The information has an easy flow with points presented in a clear way. He present the story of Joshua with a historical view. Illustrations are just great. Anyone interested in this study will find this book a reference time and time again. Fine material.
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By SLIMJIM on March 19, 2014
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Usually, when I read a commentary for devotional purposes, I read the passage from the Bible first then I consult a commentary with an eye for additional insight or observation and point of application I might have missed. I usually weigh commentaries in that regard with what it brings out from the text. Schaffer brought out insights to things that I missed not only upon my first reading of the passage, but my previous reading of Joshua also as well. To that end, I thought this work was helpful. For instance, I did not noticed before that the memorial of the stones that Jacob commanded Israel to lay was on the Jordan itself from rocks that were on land and also rocks from the Jordan unto dry land in Joshua 4. This seemingly trivial point is explained by Schaeffer as being significant since the stones from the river (assuming it looks different) will stand out on dry land and vice versa as a memorial of God's faithfulness when God once again parting water for Israel. Francis Schaeffer also had a good section on the Abrahamic covenant of God as the background to what was going on in Joshua in terms of receiving the promise land. It’s always beautiful seeing the flow of biblical theology being taken into account in interpreting a passage. The book also had a theologically rich chapter that focused on Joshua 8:30-35 on what Mount Ebal and Gerizim meant, where Schaeffer was able to use it to point to the gospel with the altar on Mount Ebal (the mountain of curses and judgment), of how this symbolizes that there is a need for the cleansing of sins. This commentary also answered a question I had for a while but neglected in finding the answer to.Read more ›
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