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Presidential Address: C. BREKELMANS, Joshua xxiv: its place and function

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Josh. xxiv is also the only text in the book in which the salvific deeds of God from the patriarchs to the conquest are recounted. This chapter discusses question: will Israel, remembering all the great deeds of God, worship him, and him alone? No wonder then that scholars have considered Josh. xxiv as an independent literary unit and have studied the chapter as such But following this approach, various answers have been given to the meaning of the text. The summary of salvation history in Josh. xxiv 2-13 has many more details than most of the other texts. But there is one great exception: 1 Sam. xii 8-12 also contain a detailed description of what Yahweh did for Israel during the whole period of the judges until the setting of a king over them.

Keywords: God; Israel; Josh. xxiv; Samuel; Yahweh



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