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Die letterlike vertolking van metaforiese taal in Josua 10:12-14

A.P.B. Breytenbach
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 4 | a718 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i4.718 | © 2002 A.P.B. Breytenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2002 | Published: 27 October 2002

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A.P.B. Breytenbach, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The literal understanding of metaphoric language in Joshua 10:12-14

In this article the well-known passage in Joshua 10:12-14 is critically investigated within the context of the pericope of Joshua 10. A literary critical investigation shows, inter alia, that the oldest version of the pericope probably was a heroic saga of Joshua’s campaign, with the miraculous intervention of YHWH having been “written into” the narrative at a later stage. During the latter process a poetic fragment, the original of which is lost to us, was interpreted literally, thus creating a miracle account. This miracle account serves the main focus of the pericope: YHWH alone makes possible the impossible for his people.


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