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Joshua (“Yehoshua”) is the first book of the Prophets, beginning after the death of Moses and marking the onset of a new chapter for the Israelites as they settle in their homeland. Under Joshua’s leadership, the Israelites send spies and prepare to enter Israel. They cross the Jordan river with divine intervention and begin conquering, starting with the miraculous fall of Jericho’s walls. The book’s second half describes the dividing of land among Israel’s tribes and ends with Joshua’s death.