Conquering Character: The Characterization of Joshua in Joshua 1-11
Hall, Sarah Lebhar
New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. xii + 231. $120.00
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 512
Description: This book offers a narrative treatment of the conquest accounts, with specific attention given to the characterization of Joshua. The method employed is eclectic, including poetic analysis, structural study, delimitation criticism, comparative literary analysis, and intertextual reading. Joshua's characterization has received inadequate scholarly attention to date, largely because he is seen as a pale character, a mere stereotype in the biblical history. This two-dimensional reading often leads to the conclusion that Joshua is meant to represent another character in the history. But this approach neglects the many aspects of Joshua's character that are unique, and does not address the text's presentation of his flaws. Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivaled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Joshua, Literature
Review by Anton Cuffari
Citation: Anton Cuffari, review of Sarah Lebhar Hall, Conquering Character: The Characterization of Joshua in Joshua 1-11, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).
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