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What year did Joshua cross the Jordan?

What year did Joshua cross the Jordan?

Q: What year did Joshua cross the Jordan?

A: It depends what calendar you are using!

On the Gregorian calendar (the one you might have on your wall) the year was 1487 BC.

On the Hebrew calendar, sometimes called the biblical calendar, the year was 2560 AM.

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Joshua crossed the Jordan on the 10th day of the first month, Nisan. This is the same day they were to choose the lamb for the Passover.

On the 10th day of the first month they chose and set aside the Passover lamb. It was also the day of the circumcision. All males under 20 years of age at the exodus were circumcised and were not subject to the death penalty during the 40 years of wandering. (Num. 14:28-38) Only those born in the wilderness required circumcision. Joshua did not do this by himself. He was instructed to make knives (plural - not just one), and he had the help of those who were already circumcised.

They kept the 3rd Passover on Friday, the 14th of Nisan. For a better understanding of what took place see the article: A Proof Study of Biblical Sabbaths and Holy Days pages 34-38, (Section: The Promised Land on Both Sides of the Jordan). Also read the article, Has the Passover Been Passed Over?

Related Verses

Joshua 4:19 Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.

Joshua 5:10 Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.