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Author Hall, Sarah Lebhar, author.

Title Conquering character : the characterization of Joshua in Joshua 1-11 / Sarah Lebhar Hall
Published New York : T & T Clark, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xii, 231 pages)
Series Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies ; 512
T & T Clark library of biblical studies
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies ; 512.
T & T Clark library of biblical studies.
Contents Introduction -- Commissions : Joshua 1:1-18 -- Interloper or integral introduction? Joshua2:1-24 -- The crossing : Joshua 3:1-4:24 -- Closure Joshua 5:1-12 -- Theophany interrupted? Joshua 5:13-6:5 -- "Joshua fit de battle" : Joshua 6:1-27 -- Trouble and the troubler : Joshua 7:1-26 -- Equilibrium restored : Joshua 8:1-35 -- Neglect and recovery : Joshua 9:1-27 -- On light and might : Joshua 10:1-43 -- Complete finish : Joshua 11:1-23 -- Retrospect and prospect
Summary While recent Old Testament scholarship has seen a steady rise in the prominence of narrative approaches to the text, little such work has been done on the book of Joshua. This book offers a narrative treatment of the conquest accounts, with specific attention given to the characterization of Joshua. The method employed is eclectic, including poetic analysis, structural study, delimitation criticism, comparative literary analysis, and intertextual reading. Joshua's characterization has received inadequate scholarly attention to date, largely because he is seen as a pale character, a mere stereotype in the biblical history. This two-dimensional reading often leads to the conclusion that Joshua is meant to represent another character in the history. But this approach neglects the many aspects of Joshua's character that are unique, and does not address the text's presentation of his flaws. On the other hand, some scholars have recently suggested that Joshua's character is significantly flawed. This reading is similarly untenable, as those features of Joshua's leadership that it portrays as faulty are in fact condoned, not condemned, by the text itself. Close examination of the conquest narratives suggests that Joshua's character is both complex and reliable. To the degree that Joshua functions as a paradigm in the subsequent histories, this paradigm must be conceived more broadly than it has been in the past. He is not merely a royal, prophetic, or priestly figure, but exercises, and often exemplifies, the many different types of leadership that feature in the former prophets
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Joshua (Biblical figure)
Joshua (Biblical figure)
SUBJECT Bible. Joshua, I-XI -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Joshua, I-XI -- Criticism, Narrative
Bible. Joshua, I-XI fast
Subject RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780567438751