Sacred Scripture

Part 1B: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho (Elvis Presley)


Elvis Presley Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Film Focus Point: This is a recording of Elvis Presley singing the traditional hymn entitled, “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho,” which recalls the Israelite conquest recorded in the Book of Joshua. The lyrics to the song may be found at AZ Lyrics.

Text Focus Point: Pages 78–80

Discussion Questions

  1. How faithful are the lyrics to the story of the Israelite conquest of Jericho as recorded in the book of Joshua?

  2. This is a famous African American spiritual believed to have been composed by slaves during the early nineteenth century. Why would this story appeal to slaves?

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