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Joshua 9:1–13:7 And Its Literary Development

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A new diachronic analysis of the text on its own terms can be a fresh start, especially when it comprises textual elements referring to second and first millennium BCE realia in order to oppose the circular reasoning every literary hypothesis has to deal with. Yet, even in that case it remains impossible to draw definite conclusions regarding the formation of the Book of Joshua or to formulate a complete hypothesis concerning the origin, growth and the relations between the passages of biblical historiography involved. This chapter explores whether and how the observations of previous literary critical and form critical scholarship regarding Joshua 9:1-13:7 are compatible with the interpretation of the text. It uses the result of this evaluation and some recent reflections on the ancient Israelite historiography to formulate a new historiographical hypothesis.

Keywords: Book of Joshua; Israelite historiography; Joshua 9:1-13:7; literary hypothesis



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