n HTS : Theological Studies - Die boek Josua gelees teen 'n na-eksiliese agtergrond
|Article Title||Die boek Josua gelees teen 'n na-eksiliese agtergrond|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Author||G.C. Lindeque and A.P.B. Breytenbach|
|Publication Date||Nov 2002|
|Pages||1761 - 1794|
<b>Reading the book of Joshua against a post-exilic background</b> <br>This article argues that the book of Joshua portrays the idealistic views held by the post-exilic community on the history of Israel. The book displays remarkable similarities with Third Isaiah and with narratives from the post-exilic period. By reading the book of Joshua against a post-exilic background, it obtains theological significance, not as a historical account of the occupation of the land, but as a call for the acceptance of foreigners into the community of the people of YHWH, as well as for the decentralization of religious power. The book owes its final form to a marginalized group, who were in conflict with the religious leaders in Jerusalem. The book of Joshua functioned as a contra-narrative against the exclusive claims made by the returning exiles.
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