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This study explores the historiographical character of a part of the biblical history writing of Israel's settlement in Canaan. Developments in scholarship call for such an investigation. As a result of these developments, textual sources nowadays play a minimal role in the settlement debate. So it seems that an up-to-date description of the historiographical character of biblical historiography should contain two elements: an analysis of the text and a historical reconstruction of the situation in which the historiographers worked. The chapter provides an insight on the key themes discussed in the book, which concentrates on some vital chapters in the historiography of Israel in Canaan: Joshua 9:1-13:7. This study chooses for the uniform designation 'tel' in stead of 'tell', 'khirbet' or 'horvat', while the actual name of a site is defined by its most influential surveyor or excavator and by its name in recent archaeological discussions.

Keywords: biblical historiography; Canaan; historical reconstruction; Israel's settlement



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