Thomas B. Dozeman

in Biblical Studies

ISBN: 9780195393361
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

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The book of Joshua narrates the conquest of Canaan by the second generation of Israelites who left Egypt. The first generation died in the wilderness because of their fear of invading Canaan. The second generation now completes the story of the exodus by undertaking the invasion under the leadership of Joshua. The book of Joshua separates into two central parts. First, Joshua 1–12 describes the emptying of the land of Canaan through invasion and the extermination of the indigenous population. Joshua 1–5 recounts the Israelite entry into the land by means of the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River. Joshua 6–12 recounts the destruction of all the cities in Canaan and the killing of all the indigenous urban population. Second, Joshua 13–24 recounts the repopulation of Canaan, conceived as the promised land. Four smaller units comprise this section. Joshua 13–19 outlines the tribal territories that result from the Israelite occupation. Joshua 20–21 describes the kinds of cities that are allowable in the new, refashioned society of the promised land: religious Levitical cities, and judicial cities of refuge. Joshua 22 addresses the relationship of tribes on the west and east sides of the Jordan River. Joshua 23–24 concludes the book with covenant ceremonies that require strict social and religious exclusivity.

Article.  10574 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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