Joshua (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (2020 Edition) Series)
The book of Joshua memorializes a transitional episode in Israel's national history. The heroic figure Joshua, imbued with strength, courage and faith, leads the new generation of Israel across the Jordan and into the land of promise, conquering Canaanites and...
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The book of Joshua memorializes a transitional episode in Israel's national history. The heroic figure Joshua, imbued with strength, courage and faith, leads the new generation of Israel across the Jordan and into the land of promise, conquering Canaanites and overseeing the allotment of the inheritance among the tribes.
But the book of Joshua is foremost a story of God, who works powerfully on behalf of Israel and Joshua, fulfilling his covenant promises. It is God who leads Israel across the Jordan, God who defeats Israel's enemies, and God who presides over the apportionment of the land. And so in the final chapter it is God who receives Israel's worshipful recommitment at Shechem.
In this new Tyndale Old Testament Commentary, Richard S. Hess explores these historical, theological and literary dimensions of the book of Joshua. An exceptional feature of his commentary is his careful consideration of the allocation of the Promised Land and the boundary lists the book of Joshua so prominently displays. And in a day when grave doubts have been raised over the historicity of the "conquest" story, Hess presents historical and archaeological evidence for placing the events of Joshua in the late second millennium B.C.
Primarily, this introduction focuses on explaining the history and unfolding the theology of the book of Joshua. It covers the person of Joshua, antiquity, composition, theology, the allotments of Joshua and an analysis of the book of Joshua.
Dr. Richard S. Hess (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Denver Seminary. He has held National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and Tyndale House (Cambridge) postdoctoral fellowships and grants. Dr. Hess has done translation and revision work for the New International Version, New American Bible, Holman Standard Christian Bible, and English Standard Version translations of the Old Testament. He is an editor of a series of commentaries on the Septuagint and has translated books of the Septuagint for Logos Bible Software.
He has written commentaries on Joshua (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary)The Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms), Leviticus (Expositor's Bible Commentary revised), Job (Historical Commentary on the Old Testament), and 1 & 2 Kings (New International Commentary on the Old Testament), along with texts on Archaeology and the Old Testament, Hebrew Grammar, and the study of ancient Near Eastern texts related to the Old Testament.