An Illustration from the Joshua Roll
The Captain of the Army of the Lord


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Josua-Rolle, Codex Vaticanus Pal. Graec. 431. Byzantine, 10th century. Biblioteca Apostolica, Vatican.

13  Now when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him. In His hand was His drawn sword. Joshua went to Him and said, “Are You for us or for our enemies?” 14  He said, “Neither, for I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” Then Joshua fell with his face to the ground and worshipped. Then he said, “What does my Lord wish to say to His servant?” 15  The commander of the army of the Lord said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” So Joshua did this. (Joshua 5:13-15)


Joshua is referenced as figure 197 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
197. Manuscript, "Joshua," The Joshua Roll, 7th century AD, Byzantine, Bib. Vat. Pal. Gr.431, Rome (Hea).
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