* built an altar.
Ge 8:20 12:7,8
* in mount Ebal.
Moses himself had twice given express orders for this
solemnity; once De 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 God
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 to obedience.