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Covenant, Execution, And Elimination

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This chapter discusses the narrative on the trickery of the Gibeonites; the story about the kings of the Amorite coalition in the cave of Makkedah; passages emphasizing the divine aid during the conquest, and several repetitive sections on the subjugation of the pre-Israelite inhabitants of the promised land. It also addresses two questions: (1) how do they fit within the structural and interpretative framework of the narrative; and (2) what referential elements do they contain which are vital to the diachronic analysis of the text. The section on the issue of divine aid in battle discusses the active involvement of YHWH: his oracles to Joshua, the throwing into panic of the enemy, the hurling of large stones and stopping the sun and moon, and the hardening of the hearts of the Amorite and Canaanite kings.

Keywords: Amorite coalition; cave of Makkedah; covenant; divine aid; elimination; execution; Gibeonites; YHWH



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