"Israel Served the Lord"
The Book of Joshua as Paradoxical Portrait of Faithful Israel
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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This book is based on my doctoral dissertation, which I successfully defended in March 2010; it was written in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Dissertations, although authored by a single per-son, inevitably emerge from a community. So many conversations and ...
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...con verged to influence the reading of Joshua in the past century. First, a shift has occurred from the dominance of theories that more or less appended Joshua to source critical readings of the Pentateuch to the view that Joshua forms part of a larger Deuteronomistic History (DtrH). G. von Radâs classic essay âThe Form-Critical Problem of the ...
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...have shown one thing: that any convincing reading must deal with the tensions that the book presents to the reader. Paradoxically, this multi-tude of tensions sends the reader in search of some theme or focal point by which to gather together the multifarious strands and weave them into an integrated story. That does not necessarily mean that the reader ...
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...the stories of Rahab and Achan will serve as the first locus of our investigation into the tensions in the book of Joshua and the pur-pose that these tensions serve within the narrative. I have grouped these two stories together because of the way in which they can be seen to function as mirror images of each other, as a number of scholars ...
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...nian altar do not exhibit the natural connection inherent in Rahabâs and Achanâs ties to the conquest of Jericho, and thus are not commonly studied side by side as are Rahab and Achan. Yet they share a key fea-ture: in both stories, Israel finds itself having to navigate a dilemma of ance. In the case of the Gibeonite covenant, Israel must come to terms ...
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YHWH in relation to relatively self-contained stories. In contrast, no single story neatly encapsulates the ambivalence exhibited by the book of Joshua in its portrayal of Israelâs taking of the land. Especially in the latter section of the book, the text varies in its presentation of the extent to which Israel faithfully succeeds in claiming its inheritance in Ca-...
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Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Reading the Scriptures
Series Editor Byline: Matthew Levering, Gary Anderson, Robert Wilken