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This epilogue of the book, which explores the historiographical nature of the transmitted Hebrew text of Joshua 9:1-13:7. A proper methodological approach is indispensible in trying to judge the sources on their own terms and to postpone the mixture of ancient and modern worldviews to the moment something has to be said about the ancient text's truth-values. The study of an alien culture lends a hand in retaining the possibility of different options. But at the same time, the study and consideration of these options is dangerous, because of the religious and ideological biases of the modern historians, as turned out in the discussion of Israel's miraculous victory in Valley of Ayalon. This book tries to make moderate and convincing decisions in historiographical, archaeological and historical issues by taking a detailed look at text and artefact within a sensible methodological framework.

Keywords: archaeological; Hebrew text; historiographical; Israel; Joshua 9; Valley of Ayalon



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