From Conquest to Coexistence

Ideology and Antiquarian Intent in the Historiography of Israel’s Settlement in Canaan

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Current research on ancient historiography concentrates on the relation between history and ideology, while the archaeology of the Southern Levant is more and more viewed as a discipline of its own. What happens when these new directions are applied to the historiography of Israel’s settlement in Canaan?

This study offers a fresh analysis of scholarly debate, a synchronic and diachronic reading of Joshua 9:1—13:7, and a critical evaluation of all the relevant archaeological evidence. This leads to a new historical picture of the Late Bronze – Iron Age transition in the Cisjordanian Southern Levant and to the fascinating conclusion that it was the ideology of the Israelite scribes reworking this episode that instigated them to explore their antiquarian intent.
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Biographical Note

Koert van Bekkum, PhD. (2010) Theologische Universiteit, Kampen, is assistant editor-in-chief of the Nederlands Dagblad, a nationwide Christian newspaper in the Netherlands. He also participates in the research group Biblical Studies and Languages of the Theological Universities in Kampen and Apeldoorn.

Table of contents

Introduction
I TEXT AND ARTEFACT
Chapter 1 – Historiography and Settlement Debate
II MONOLOGUE OF TEXT
Chapter 2 – Translation and Annotation
Chapter 3 - Kings, Peoples, and their Lands
Chapter 4 – Covenant, Execution, and Elimination
Chapter 5 – Joshua 9:1—13:7 and its Literary Development
III MONOLOGUE OF ARTEFACT
Chapter 6 – Joshua 9:1—13:7 and Archaeology
IV DIALOGUE OF TEXT AND ARTEFACT
Chapter 7 – Joshua 9:1—13:7 as Historiography
Epilogue
Appendix I – Hebrew text of Joshua 9:1—13:7
Appendix II – Bibliography

Readership

All those interested in the history and archaeology of the Southern Levant, biblical historiography, and the ideologies of the Ancient Near East as well as theologians and scholars in biblical studies and ancient history