Images of Joshua in the Bible and Their Reception by Zev Farber

By Zev Farber

The imperative subject matter of the e-book is the connection among a hero or cultural icon and the cultures during which she or he is commemorated. On one hand, a hero can't stay a static personality if she or he is to attract different and dynamic groups. nonetheless, a standard icon should still hold a few uncomplicated positive aspects as a way to stay recognizable. Joshua son of Nun is an iconic determine of Israelite cultural reminiscence defined at size within the Hebrew Bible and honored in different non secular traditions. This ebook makes use of Joshua as a try case. It tackles reception and redaction historical past, concentrating on the use and improvement of Joshua s personality and the deployment of his a number of photos within the narratives and texts of a number of non secular traditions. i glance for continuities and discontinuities among traditions, in addition to cross-pollination and polemic. the 1st chapters examine Joshua s portrayal in biblical literature, utilizing either synchronic (literary research) in addition to diachronic (Uberlieferungsgeschichte and redaction/source feedback) methodologies. the opposite 4 chapters concentrate on the reception historical past of Joshua in moment Temple and Hellenistic Jewish literature, within the medieval (Arabic) Samaritan booklet of Joshua, within the New testomony and Church Fathers, and in Rabbinic literature.


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Moses next references Joshua twice towards the end of this same speech. The problematic nature of the references becomes apparent when one looks at their order and context. 59 In this context, Moses reports that he 舠commanded舡 Joshua not to fear the Amorites of the Cisjordan. Joshua has seen all that God did to the Amorites of the Transjordan, Moses claims, and he should assume that God will do the same again during the next phase of the conquest under his (Joshua舗s) leadership. Although one wonders why Moses was under the impression that Joshua was afraid of the upcoming battles,60 it would seem that Moses has made his peace with God舗s decision and is now attempting to help his successor along.

The narrative of leader-transfer picks up again in verse 14, when YHWH commands Moses to bring Joshua to the Tent of Meeting and await God舗s presence there. Once God arrives, the transfer-narrative is yet again interrupted with a message to Moses detailing the Israelites舗 future apostasy and God舗s abandonment of them. God has written a song about this, which he wants Moses and Joshua to write down and teach to the people as a type of forewarning. Only after Moses writes down the song does YHWH continue with the appointment of Joshua.

Further, Moses is instructed to read this scroll aloud, but only to Joshua. 40 Joshua as Moses舗 Attendant 舑 Part One When next we meet Joshua (Exod 24), he has earned the title of Moses舗 attendant (ᔂᔓᔒᔔ ᔂᔓᒒ). This time, Joshua will accompany the master up the mountain, while Moses informs the elders that any Israelite with an urgent matter (ᒉᔆᔀ ᒑᒉᔒᒗᔁ) should approach Aaron and Hur. 41 In that account, Moses stands at the pinnacle of the legal structure, dealing with only the most difficult matters.

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