Joshua, son of Nun, is named as Moses’ successor. His main task is to conquer Canaan and settle the Israelites on the land that God promised to Abraham. The monumental task of “setting up shop” was a business like no other in Israelite history. Drawing on his innate leadership skills, and with God at his back, plus a few miracles, he leads a weary people from 40 years of wandering in the wilderness into the land flowing with milk and honey. What happened to the Canaanites? What was the justification for taking control of this geographic area? This class will draw upon text from the Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures) as well as popular commentary and midrash. The moral and ethical behavior of the conquest will also be addressed. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.