n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Some observations on conquest reports in the Book of Joshua

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131



This paper considers some aspects of the Israelite settlement of the land as reported in the book of Joshua. One of the subjects discussed is how the MT and LXX texts can be reconciled with the results of archaeological research. Some of the passages examined are Joshua 2:15(b), 18(a), 6:1 and 8:3. Different aspects (biblical and extra-biblical textual evidence), iconography and the results of archaeological research (especially with regard to important cities mentioned in Joshua) are taken into consideration. It is concluded that the aim of these reports was not to present an accurate historical picture, but to give expression to the faith of the people.

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