Joshua probably married but the Bible says nothing about his wife or whether Joshua had children . Joshua’s story centers on his military achievements, not his personal life with his family.
Aruna, Ana, Raabe …?
We did not find the name Aruna in the Bible. The Bible does not record the name of Joshua’s wife (nor does it say whether or not he had a wife!) Any name given to Joshua’s wife in some adaptation of the Bible’s history is an invention, to fill in the blanks. It is very important to see adaptations of the Bible critically, looking in the Bible to find out what is true and what is invented ( 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ).
As we have already seen, Aruna’s name does not appear in the Bible. There is also no record that Joshua had any relationship with a woman named Ana in the Bible. The first Ana to appear in the Bible is the mother of the prophet Samuel, who was the wife of a man named Elkanah. The prostitute Rahab, whom Joshua spared from the destruction of Jericho, married a man named Salmon and was the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth. None of these women were Joshua’s wife.
Read Rahab’s story here .
In Joshua’s time, it was rare for a man not to get married. At the end of his life, when he was saying goodbye to the people, Joshua declared that he and his family would remain faithful to God ( Joshua 24:15 ). This probably means that Joshua married and raised a family. As a father and head of the family, he would have the right to speak for the whole family.
Did Joshua have children?
The only information the Bible gives us about Joshua’s family is the name of his father, Num, and his tribe, Ephraim ( Deuteronomy 34: 9 ). The Bible does not say whether Joshua had children or how many. Possible children and Joshua are not relevant to the story. If Joshua had a wife or descendants, they did nothing remarkable that deserved to be recorded in the Bible.
See Joshua’s story here .
Since Joshua was not a king, his sons had no right to inherit their leadership position, just as Moses’ sons did not inherit leadership. The government of the people of Israel at that time was passed on to those chosen by God and to show great leadership skills. Israel’s next leader was Otoniel, Caleb’s nephew, and not a relative of Joshua ( Judges 3: 9 ).