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Die boek Josua gelees teen ’n na-eksiliese agtergrond

G.C. Lindeque
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 4 | a721 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i4.721 | © 2002 G.C. Lindeque | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2002 | Published: 27 October 2002

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G.C. Lindeque, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Reading the book of Joshua against a post-exilic background

This article argues that the book of Joshua portrays the idealistic views held by the post-exilic community on the history of Israel. The book displays remarkable similarities with Third Isaiah and with narratives from the post-exilic period. By reading the book of Joshua against a post-exilic background, it obtains theological significance, not as a historical account of the occupation of the land, but as a call for the acceptance of foreigners into the community of the people of YHWH, as well as for the decentralization of religious power. The book owes its final form to a marginalized group, who were in conflict with the religious leaders in Jerusalem. The book of Joshua functioned as a contra-narrative against the exclusive claims made by the returning exiles.


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