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Reading Joshua

Nicholas Wolterstorff

in Divine Evil?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576739
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0024
Reading Joshua

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This chapter offers an interpretation of the stories of extermination to be found in the Old Testament Book of Joshua. The chapter considers two interpretations which take the stories more or less at face value, the contemporary interpretation by the Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann and the traditional interpretation by John Calvin. The chapter then argues that there are compelling internal reasons for not taking the stories at face value. The book is to be read as a hyperbolic and highly metaphorical celebration of Joshua as Israel's leader. The chapter concludes by reflecting on whether stylized celebrations of the deeds of admired leaders can play a positive role in the modern world.

Keywords: Brueggemann; Calvin; hyperbole; Joshua

Chapter.  10019 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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