||Bible Question: How
old was Joshua when he entered the promised land?
Bible Answer: It
is difficult to determine how old Joshua was at the time he entered
the Promised Land. Scripture does not provide an absolute statement,
but there are some clues that allow us to date the chapters of Joshua.
Absolute Statements. Joshua 24:29 tells
us that Joshua died when he was 110 years of age.
came about after these things that Joshua the son of Nun,
the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred and ten
years old. (NASB) Joshua 24:29
know from Numbers 32:11 that God did not permit any Israelite who
was twenty years of age and older at the time that Joshua and Caleb
returned from the spying out the Promised Land to enter the Promised
Land. However, Joshua and Caleb were not included because they had
believed God and as a result gave a good report to the nation of
Israel. We do not know how old they were at this time. Scripture
does not provide us with any important clues about Joshua's age,
except that Numbers 11:28 says he served Moses from his youth.
Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth,
said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them." (NASB)
it is not clear from scripture how old Joshua was at the time he
entered the Promised Land.
Chronological Bible. However, the Reese Chronological Bible complied by Frank
R. Klassen (Bethany House Publishers, 1977) indicates that the Israelites entered
the Promised Land in 1422 B.C. (Joshua 1) and that Joshua died in 1372 B.C (Joshua
24:29). If this is true, this means that Joshua was in the Promised Land for
50 years. Since Joshua 24:29 says he died at the age of 110 years, this would
imply that Joshua was 60 years old when he entered the land. Also, he would have
been 20 years of age at the time he gave the good report to the nation of Israel.
This agrees with Numbers 11:28.
lived about twenty years in Egypt, forty years in the wilderness
and fifty years in the promised land. He went from slavery in Egypt
to freedom in the desert and then to the promised land. In a way,
that is the journey of a Christian. We are born and live in sin until
we put our faith in Jesus. We live in newness of life as Christians
in this world, a place that is not our home. Eventually we die to
live in our promised land heaven where Jesus is waiting for