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Crossing the Jordan: Diachrony Versus Synchrony in the Book of Joshua
Lee, Eun-Woo

London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. xiv + 237. $110

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 578


Description: This book presents a test case for diachronic and synchronic approaches in Joshua 3-4. Lee introduces the synchronic readings of Polzin, Hawk and Winther-Nielsen, as well as their attempts to uncover the problems in applying their methods to this complicated text. He then investigates the differences between the MT and the LXX of Joshua 3-4 through text critical analysis and reconstructs the Hebrew Vorlage of LXX - Joshua 3-4 considering divergences between major Greek editions; and examines the limitations of Polzin's synchronic study in reading only from the final text of the MT. For the purpose of reading the literary history of Joshua 3-4 in a diachronic way, Lee considers what position this text holds in the setting of the wider context of the ark narratives and water-crossing stories in the Old Testament, e.g. the crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus 13.17-14.31 and with Elijah and Elisha crossing the river in 2 kings 2. He examines the recent trends in literary criticism and attempts to trace the most probable literary history of Joshua 3-4.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Joshua, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

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Review by Thomas RŲmer
Published 11/17/2014
Citation: Thomas RŲmer, review of Eun-Woo Lee, Crossing the Jordan: Diachrony Versus Synchrony in the Book of Joshua, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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