By Sarah Lebhar Hall
Joshua's characterization has acquired insufficient scholarly realization to this point, principally simply because he's visible as a faded 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 procedure neglects the various facets of Joshua's personality which are specific, and doesn't tackle the text's presentation of his flaws. however, a few students have lately urged that Joshua's personality is considerably flawed. This studying is in a similar way untenable, as these positive factors of Joshua's management that it portrays as defective are actually condoned, now not condemned, by means of 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 capabilities as a paradigm within the next histories, this paradigm needs to be conceived extra generally than it's been within the past. he isn't in basic terms a royal, prophetic, or priestly determine, yet routines, and infrequently exemplifies, the various kinds of management that characteristic within the former prophets.
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Howard, “Rahab’s Faith,” 276. 49. Emphasis added, as it is with the other biblical quotations in this paragraph. 50. Frymer-Kensky (“Reading,” 62) identi¿es JE5J as a “formula by which people from foreign nations come to acknowledge God. , Text and Tradition, 99–104) argues that this biblical pattern of pagan faith-statements is unique in ancient literature. 1 3. Interloper or Integral Introduction? Joshua 2:1–24 41 biblical narrative—one in which people of other nations recognize Israel’s God and are included in Israel’s blessing.
Cf. Winther-Nielson, Functional, 173; Howard, “Three Days,” 547; cf. Berlin, Poetics, 63, on Judg 4:22. 26. Contra Calvin, Commentaries, 35–36. 27. Josephus’ telling of the story emphasizes that, at this point, Joshua has already resolved to enter Jericho: “He also sent scouts to Jericho to reconnoiter the strength and the disposition of the inhabitants, while he himself reviewed his army, intending at the ¿rst opportunity to cross the Jordan” (Ant. 2 [Thackeray]). 28. This line of argument follows the MT, which reads CI, “secretly,” while the LXX and Syriac omit this word.
8 capture of the city by a military attack, on the basis of information by the spies, and perhaps also through the help of Rahab. In other words, ch. 2 presents a version of the conquest parallel to but different in substance from the narrative actually given in ch. ” But chs. 2 and 6 need not be read as contradictory. Before receiving the divine instructions reported in 6:1–5, Israel had every reason to expect and plan for a standard military attack (hence the espionage). 3. Here he cites such authors as G.