Conquering Character: The Characterization of Joshua in by Sarah Lebhar Hall

By Sarah Lebhar Hall

While fresh outdated testomony scholarship has visible a gentle upward thrust within the prominence of narrative ways to the textual content, little such paintings has been performed at the ebook of Joshua.  This ebook deals a story therapy of the conquest debts, with particular realization given to the characterization of Joshua.  the tactic hired is eclectic, together with poetic research, structural learn, delimitation feedback, comparative literary research, and intertextual examining.

Joshua's characterization has obtained insufficient scholarly realization so far, mostly simply because he's visible as a light personality, an insignificant stereotype within the biblical history.  This two-dimensional analyzing usually ends up in the belief that Joshua is intended to symbolize one other personality within the history.  yet this process neglects the various points of Joshua's personality which are specific, and doesn't handle the text's presentation of his flaws.  nevertheless, a few students have lately prompt that Joshua's personality is considerably flawed.  This studying is in a similar fashion untenable, as these positive aspects of Joshua's management that it portrays as defective are in reality condoned, now not condemned, through the textual content itself.  shut exam of the conquest narratives means that Joshua's personality is either advanced and trustworthy.  

To the measure that Joshua services as a paradigm within the next histories, this paradigm has to be conceived extra greatly than it's been within the past.  he's not purely a royal, prophetic, or priestly determine, yet routines, and infrequently exemplifies, the various varieties of management that characteristic within the former prophets. 


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49 So again, Rahab’s story echoes the exodus account. It also serves as the ¿rst such profession of faith in the prophetic books. The other professions appear in 1 and 2 Kings. Naaman the Aramean captain, upon being healed of leprosy, says to Elisha, “Behold now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel” (2 Kgs 5:15). After seeing her son revived from death, the widow of Zarepath declares to Elijah, “Now I know this, that you are a man of God and the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth” (1 Kgs 17:24).

Even Zakovitch (“Humor,” 84, 95), who paints the Josh 2 incident as an embarrassing failure in espionage, concedes that it concludes in success. His depiction of the spies as total bunglers relies on a de¿nition of good espionage that is foreign to the text. It is clear in the light of the intertextual issues that it is precisely their good report which shows these men to be good spies. 11. Cf. Nogalski, “Preaching,” 265, 267. 1 3. Interloper or Integral Introduction? Joshua 2:1–24 31 All the verbs of motion in the ¿rst several chapters of Joshua underline that this generation of Israelites is not going to drag its feet in entering the land.

10–11) and by ensuring the military cooperation of the eastern tribes (vv. 12–15). Before he hears from Yahweh again, he will also commission a survey of the land to be conquered (2:1), lead the people to the Jordan (3:1), consecrate the people for entrance into the land (3:5), and position the priests for the river-crossing (3:6). 52 Joshua responds to Yahweh’s general commission by exercising his own initiative and thoughtful leadership. The dynamic of Joshua’s ingenuity will characterize the whole of the conquest narrative.

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