The Book of Joshua

The Book of Joshua


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Recognizing that Old Tstament studies today are in a stage of flux as never before and that the book of Joshua seems to be at the crossroad of this animated discussion, Marten Woudstra here takes into careful account the various views represented by recent scholarship as well as Hebrew usage and text-critical concerns.

Woudstra demonstrates that the central theme in Joshua is the fulfillment of God's promised land. To support his understanding of this central theme, Woudstra emphasizes the nature of the Hebrew narrative as both proleptic, offerring provisional summaries of events to be taken up later in considerable detail, and programmatic, indicating that the book was written close to actual events. The excellent introduction and section-by-section commentary are supplemented by an extensive bibliography and seven instructive maps.

Marten H. Woudstra (1922-1991) was professor of Old Testament studies at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A member of the Bible translation committees for the Berkeley Version in Modern English and the New International Version and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he wrote several scholarly books and numerous articles on the Old Testament.

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