Did God Fulfill Every Good Promise? Toward a Biblical Understanding of Joshua 21:43–45 (Part 2)

Gregory Harris | May 15, 2013

As discussed in Part 1 of the previous edition, some claim that the land promises God made to Abraham were entirely fulfilled with the initial conquest of Canaan. This allegedly means that we should not expect any future fulfillment of the land with Israel. Joshua 21:43–45 is offered as evidence for this view. This understanding, though, does not properly take into account later passages that still affirm the significance of Israel’s land after Joshua. Thus, a proper understanding of the land promises must account for the dimensions of the land as given in the Abrahamic covenant, the affirmation of God’s faithfulness in Joshua, and later passages affirming the importance of the land.

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Gregory Harris Professor of Bible Exposition B.A., Campbell University M.A., North Carolina Central University M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary While pursuing his graduate and post-graduate education, Dr. Harris was actively involved in pastoring various churches in California and Texas. In 1989, following the completion of his doctoral studies, he joined the faculty of Washington Bible College, a position he held for seven years. Then for ten years, Dr. Harris taught at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, teaching Bible and Greek. He continues to serve as an international faculty member of the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, and maintains an ongoing conference and pulpit ministry. Dr. Harris has also completed short-term graduate study at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. He is the author of The Cup and the Glory , The Darkness and the Glory, and The Stone and the Glory and numerous journal articles, and is an active participant in scholarly societies. He joined the TMS family in 2006 and also teaches as an adjunct professor at The Master's College. Dr. Harris is the teaching pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, CA. Find more information about Dr. Harris and his ministry at www.glorybooks.org

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