Joshua 1-12

A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary

Thomas B. Dozeman

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August 25, 2015
656 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
4 b/w maps
ISBN: 9780300149753
Cloth

An acknowledged expert on the Hebrew Bible, Thomas Dozeman offers a fresh translation of the Hebrew and Greek texts of the book of Joshua and explores the nature, function, and causes of the religious violence depicted therein. By blending the distinct teachings of Deuteronomy and the Priestly literature, Dozeman provides a unique interpretation of holy war as a form of sacred genocide, arguing that, since peace in the promised land required the elimination of the populations of all existent royal cities, a general purging of the land accompanied the progress of the ark of the covenant. This essential work of religious scholarship demonstrates how the theme of total genocide is reinterpreted as partial conquest when redactors place Joshua, an independent book, between Deuteronomy and Judges. The author traces the evolution of this reinterpretation of the central themes of religious violence while providing a comparison of the two textual versions of Joshua and an insightful analysis of the book’s reception history.

Thomas B. Dozeman is professor of Hebrew Bible at United Theological Seminary in Ohio. His previous books include God at War and Methods for Exodus. He lives in Chicago, IL.

"A necessity for libraries, students, and scholars working with Joshua. . . . its contribution to biblical studies is invaluable . . . Dozeman’s nuanced arguments are compelling and essential for developing a better understanding of how the book of Joshua functions as literature and how it functioned historically."—William Hart Brown, Biblical Review

“Dozeman’s first instalment of a new commentary on Joshua will not disappoint readers… a fine commentary in a well-established series. It will make a lasting contribution to scholarship on the book of Joshua.”—Paul Foster, Ecclesiology Today

“This new addition to the Anchor Yale Bible series . . . covers the book of Joshua in the way one would expect from an Anchor Bible commentary. . . . [F]or those who know Hebrew well and want a thorough study of the Hebrew text of the first part of Joshua, this book will serve them well.”—Charlie Trimm, Bulletin for Biblical Research
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