Who Conquered Hebron? Apologetic and Polemical Tendencies in the Story of Caleb in Josh 14

In: Vetus Testamentum
Gili Kugler The University of Sydney

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This paper analyzes the story of Caleb and Hebron in Joshua 14 in relation to the traditions of Caleb’s involvement in the spies’ mission in the desert and other traditions regarding the conquest of Hebron. Comparison of the different traditions reveals the narrator’s endeavor to legitimize the presence of non-Judean groups within the territory of Judah towards the end of the first temple period, while at the same time challenging the image of Joshua as the pan-Israelite conqueror of the land.

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