Joshua 8:30
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Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel,

King James Bible
Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal,

Darby Bible Translation
Then Joshua built an altar to Jehovah the God of Israel, in mount Ebal,

World English Bible
Then Joshua built an altar to Yahweh, the God of Israel, in Mount Ebal,

Young's Literal Translation
Then doth Joshua build an altar to Jehovah, God of Israel, in mount Ebal,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Then Joshua built an altar - This was done in obedience to the express command of God, Deuteronomy 27:4-8 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

built an altar

Genesis 8:20 And Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Genesis 12:7,8 And the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, To your seed will I give this land: and there built he an altar to the LORD...

in mount Ebal Moses himself had twice given express orders for this solemnity; once Deut.

11:29,30, in which he pointed out the very place where it was to be performed; and again, at the

27th chapter, there is a renewal of the instructions to Joshua, with special reference to minute particulars. It was a federal transaction: the covenant was now renewed between Gid and Israel upon their taking possession of the land of promise, that they might be encouraged in the conquest of it, and might know upon what terms they held it, and come under fresh obligations of obedience.

Joshua 8:33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges...

The National Oath at Shechem
'And Joshua said unto the people. Ye cannot serve the Lord: for He is an holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20. If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then He will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that He hath done you good. 21. And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord. 22. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves, that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve Him. And they said,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Formation and History of the Hebrew Canon.
1. The Greek word canon (originally a straight rod or pole, measuring-rod, then rule) denotes that collection of books which the churches receive as given by inspiration of God, and therefore as constituting for them a divine rule of faith and practice. To the books included in it the term canonical is applied. The Canon of the Old Testament, considered in reference to its constituent parts, was formed gradually; formed under divine superintendence by a process of growth extending through
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Cross References
Deuteronomy 27:2
When you have crossed the Jordan into the land the LORD your God is giving you, set up some large stones and coat them with plaster.

Deuteronomy 27:4
And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster.

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