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Kings, Peoples, And Their Lands

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Israel and Joshua are in the promised land. But this land is not empty. People inhabit it and kings who will have to be defeated govern these people. According to the Book of Joshua inheriting the land presupposes the defeat of the kings and the extermination of the foreign nations. But as long as the Book of Joshua is interested in the fulfilment of the promise of the land, the story has to go on telling about the kings and their territories. The study of the geographical descriptions in Joshua 9:1-13:7 has revealed that geography not only structures the composition of the Book of Joshua, but is also an important means in communicating its message. It is difficult to characterize the ideological geography in the Book of Joshua as royal, for everything depends on Yhwh.

Keywords: Book of Joshua; Israel; kings; lands; Yhwh



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