Berit Olam: Joshua
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Berit Olam: Joshua  -     By: L. Daniel Hawk

Berit Olam: Joshua

Liturgical Press / 2022 / Paperback

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What does Joshua hold to be the essential marks of Israelite identity? What distinguishes Israel from all other peoples? In tracking these themes, L. Daniel Hawk reveals in Joshua a profound struggle to define the people of the God of Israel.

Hawk shows that the themes surrounding Joshua express fundamental markers of national identity: religious practice (obedience to the commandments of Moses), ethnic separation (extermination of the peoples of Canaan), and possession of land ("the land that YHWH gives"). Through the medium of narrative, Joshua tests each of these markers and demonstrates that none clearly characterize the people of God. Instead, Joshua presents Israel as a nation fundamentally constituted by choosing: YHWH's choosing of Israel and Israel's choosing of YHWH.

In the present day in which ideologies of religion, race, and territorial possession have given rise to countless expressions of violence, Hawk expresses the particular value of reading Joshua. The Joshua story holds a mirror up to all who regard themselves as the people of God. The reflection is both repelling and inspiring but until we confront it, what it truly means to be the chosen people of God will remain elusive.

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Title: Berit Olam: Joshua
By: L. Daniel Hawk
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.75 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
ISBN: 0814690378
ISBN-13: 9780814690376
Series: Berit Olam
Stock No: WW690376

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L. Daniel Hawk, Ph.D., is professor of Old Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary.

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