Religion 103 Class Notes 2

Religion 103 Class Notes 2 - Joshua and the Conquest of the...

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Joshua and the Conquest of the Promised Land September 26, 2007 I. Introduction to the Deuteronomistic History: term used for the historical narratives found starting in Joshua going all the way through 2 nd Kings. Called that because whoever wrote the history was based his understanding on Deuteronomy. a. The Books: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 st 2 nd Kings, etc. b. The Four Time Periods: i. Moses leading up to the books ii. Conquest of the land iii. When various tribes were self ruling. Period of the judges iv. Period of the monarchy. (two periods technically) c. The Overarching Perspective: The view of Deuteronomy, blessings and cursed of those who follow/disobey god. History unfolds as people are either blessed or cursed. d. Nature of the Underlying Traditions: Deuteronomisitc history was written probably at the end of the 7 th Century BCE. The accounts that it narrates apparently happened centuries earlier. IE. 12 th century= entering of the Promised Land. i. So it appears to be written about 500 years after the days of Joshua. Joshua is an account that isn’t disinterested. e. Importance of Recognizing Ideological Bias in Historical Sources: Joshua is told from a perspective. It’s important to understand the views and ideological bias of the author to make sense of the writings. Whoever tells a story is trying to make a point by it and you have to consider the source. II. Structure of the Book of Joshua: a. Preparations for the attack (1-5) b. Conquest of the Canaan (6-12) c. Division of the land (13-22) d. Renewal of the Covenant (22-24) III. Key Aspects of the Book a. The Theme of the Book: Joshua first is spoken to by God. Ch. 1 After the death of Moses…now cross the Jordan you and all the people in the land I’m giving them…etc.” “This book of the Law this Torah shall not be part from your mouth, you shall meditate on it day and night…” (1.8) i. Joshua by obeying god is rewarded. ii. Faithfulness to God is what brings about the conquest of the Promised Land. The reason they have success is because God is on their side. iii. This is the author’s point of view that faithfulness to God brings about prosperity. b. The Strategy of the Conquest: Attack from the East, go around Eedem and Mohab, end up opposite of Jericho. Moses gives 2 nd law on east side of Jericho. 1
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i. Joshua is going to lead people across Jordan River, destroy Jericho (wall comes down 6) Chapter. 7-8 Account of Israelites attacking Ai. Divide and Conquer strategy. Attack South, attack North. 1.
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