Joshua finishes his mission with the Children of Israel and dies. The Children of Israel fought for their promise and now they’re resting
Reuben, Gad and half Manasseh return to the east side of Jordan with Joshua’s blessing. The tribes build a great altar by the Jordon. Anxiety is expressed that the altar is pagan, and accusations are made by Phinehas the high priest, but the tribes reply that the altar allows them to worship God despite their separation from the rest of Israel. The rest of Israel is satisfied.
Israel rests for a long time. Joshua becomes old, and speaks to the leaders of Israel about following God and the loss of land that will follow from disobedience and intermarriage with the indigenous peoples.
Joshua gathers all tribes at Shechem. The story of the journey from Egypt to the promised land is given (with the giving of the law at Sinai omitted – see von Rad). The consequences of disobedience are again emphasised, but Israel is insistent that it will obey God. The covenant is renewed, and its words commemorated on stone. Joshua and Eleazar die. Joseph’s bones are buried at Shechem.