The Book of Joshua is a historical account of how the Israelites conquered Canaan, the land God promised them in the covenant with Abraham. The book details Joshua's obedience to God, the bloody yet miraculous battles and the division of the land among the 12 tribes. The Book of Judges records the Israelites' descent into sin and the terrible consequences. The 12 heroes of the book seem larger than life but they were imperfect, just as we are, which makes this book just as relevant today. Judges is a stern reminder that God punishes sin but is always ready to forgive the repentant sinner back. The Book of Ruth while only 4 chapters in length is one of the most moving accounts in the Bible. A story of love and loyalty, you will be amazed by the many layers and depths of meaning packed into this little love story! The Joshua, Judges and Ruth study commentary is written by Steve Ray. The Joshua and Ruth video lectures are presented by Fr. Scott Courtney. The Judges video lectures are presented by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ.