One of the harder books to preach through is the book of Joshua, due to its historical style of writing and some of the moral problems depicted (eg. the slaughter of the Canaanites) . This problem is also exacerbated by the sad fact many pastors and teachers are not as well trained in teaching historical narrative as they are in teaching Epistles or the Gospels. One of the better commentaries for pastors on the book of Joshua is in the Bible Speaks Today Commentary series produced by IVP, of which the author is famed author David Firth.
This volume in the Bible Speaks Today commentary series is compact yet not truly small. Firth spends a great deal of time and effort to explain the cultural context of each passage as well as the prophetic nature and eventual fulfillment. This volume truly is a great aid to not the the Sunday School teacher or Bible Study leader, but also to the pastor.
As with all of the volumes in the Bible Speaks Today series, the passages are dealt with section by section instead of verse by verse. While this may be a problem in some circumstances, the overall value of this volume can not be understated. Each section deals with matters that are not only pertaining to the modern day reader but to the original audience hearing the prophecy and the original audience reading it written. This is truly one of the better commentaries on the market for Joshua. I will mention as I usually do that for a pastor intending to preach through the book of Joshua, I would add a exegetical commentary along side this fantastic commentary.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.