References to cornerstones may also be a hint as to additional volumes. In particular, they may indicate a substantial amount of additional volumes will be measured from the reference document.


Generally speaking the editors of the Bible turned symbols they did not understand, or that they understood but hated, into references to Joshua. The quote we are interested in here may have been edited along these lines.

Is Joshua a cornerstone? Or is the text a cornerstone?


In all building projects the main problem is measuring where each piece of the building will be constructed.

These days this often done with tripods solidly anchored, often in concrete, near or over a construction site. The top of the tripod has a transit or other high precision measurement device used throughout the time of construction.

Measurements are then taken, often by laser, from that reference point. This allows very large buildings, freeways, and bridges, to be accurately constructed.

In less high-tech times a single stone, called a corner stone, was set in place at a corner of what would become a new building.

Distance measurements for the entire work are measured from that reference stone using measuring lines. Ideally that cornerstone is heavy so it will not be displaced by accident during construction.

Capernaum House

We think Joshua ran a house in Capernaum for much of his adult life. We also suspect a copy of the inspired text was carved on stone in that house. Perhaps in an outer courtyard, or similar.

Peter took over responsibility for that house after Joshua's ascension. That location would have become a place of pilgrimage in later years and he may have written about it in one of his letters.

So his house, the first such house in their era was a type of house from which all other houses could be measured. Like a corner stone measures the location for all other stones.

But, he may have been referencing the text itself. Properly carved in stone at Ebal and Gerizim, but missing in their day for over 1000 years.

If there is a copy in that house, then the inspired text is the real reason for making a pilgrimage to his house.

4That to which you are coming is the living stone which the children of men have rejected and is chosen and precious with god. A Matthew 16:18 1 Peter 2:4-8 (1 Peter 2:4 BRB)

So this opening sentences speaks to the journey of a pilgrimage. This sentences speaks to the rejection of the monuments at Ebal and Gerizim. Thus the rejection of the inspired text.

In the TT we render 'god' in the previous verse as Joshua. In that rendering it was special enough to Joshua to carve it again at his place of residence while he lived on earth. This is why it remains at Peter's house.

Then, skipping an added verse, the story continues...

6For, as it is said in the writings: I lay down FA in Zion a stone approved and precious at the head of the corner and he who believes in it will not be ashamed. Q Isaiah 28:16 (1 Peter 2:6 BRB)

This picks up how it was laid down like a stone in a corner. 2 words instead of the modern single word cornerstone.

This stone is precious in that he who believes in what it says can build their personal faith. Faith enough to be saved from the reincarnation cycle.

But, this reference to a corner means there are many more stones in the building. This is the parable aspect of this passage. Peter is telling his readers to expect many more stones to eventually be found. For the entire building to be found. More volumes.

7Therefore, it is to you who have belief that this honor is given, but, to those who are not obedient: (1 Peter 2:7 BRB)

This verse means it is honorable to have the text carved in stone. This was Ebal and Gerizim in the days of Joshua son of Nun. But, it is also a stumbling stone, and something that causes trouble.

Why? Because rejecting this stone is not a neutral act. It causes trouble in that Joshua no longer grants his favor. Nations, even, can be overrun by foreign armies when they reject this stone, which by other passages is a type of contract.

8It is a stumbling stone and a stone of trouble. Q Isaiah 8:14 They stumble on it because they do not obey the word to which they were appointed. (1 Peter 2:8 BRB)

Finally, this last verse explains that they stumble because they do not obey what it says.

Primarily this is the commandments, which explain how to stay out of Egyptian style slave systems.

For further reading, see Isaiah 8:14

More Volumes

By calling the text a cornerstone this passage is suggesting many more stones, or volumes of text, will follow some day. This as the rest of the house is constructed.

This does NOT mean volumes written by man. The original builder of the house worries about those additional stones, those additional volumes.