The Bible is both a divine and a human book. It is the inspired word of God for his people, whether in biblical times or for the church today. It is also a fully human book, written by different people in a variety of cultural settings. Knowledge of biblical language and society is essential if the meaning of the human writer is to be grasped fully. The Apollos Old Testament Commentary aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. In this volume, Pekka Pitkänen shows the relevance of Joshua to modern readers. While he remains anchored in the world of the text throughout the commentary, Pitkänen brings contemporary geopolitical issues (like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) to bear on Joshua and the genocidal "Israelite conquest tradition."
Dr Pekka Pitkänen is a senior lecturer for the Open Theological College course at the University of Gloucestershire. His first degree is in computer science and economics (BSc+MSc) from Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland. He also has an MDiv in theology from Chongshin University, Seoul, Korea, and a PhD on Old Testament studies from University of Gloucestershire. Dr Pitkänen is currently working on Pentateuchal studies, with main research interests in Israelite history and historiography, ancient Near Eastern studies (including the main languages of the area), archaeology, biblical criticism and sociological and anthropological approaches to biblical studies.