From Conquest to Coexistence: Ideology and Antiquarian Intent in the Historiography of Israel’s Settlement in Canaan
Current research on ancient historiography concentrates on the relation between history and ideology, while the archaeology of the Southern Levant is more and more viewed as a discipline of its own. What happens when these new directions are applied to the historiography of Israel s settlement in Canaan? This study offers a fresh analysis of scholarly debate, a synchronic and diachronic reading of Joshua 9:1 13:7, and a critical evaluation of all the relevant archaeological evidence. This leads to a new historical picture of the Late Bronze Iron Age transition in the Cisjordanian Southern Levant and to the fascinating conclusion that it was the ideology of the Israelite scribes reworking this episode that instigated them to explore their antiquarian intent.
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Part I Text and Artefact
Chapter One Historiography and Settlement Debate
Part II Monologue of Text
Chapter Two Translation and Annotation
Chapter Three Kings Peoples and Their Lands
Chapter Four Covenant Execution and Elimination
1137 and Its Literary Development
8th century bce According Aharoni Amarna Amarna Letters Amorites ancient Near Eastern annotation Aphek Archaeology Assyrian attested BASOR Bible biblical Book ofJoshua border Canaan Canaanite Central Hill Country chapter Chronology Cisjordan cities coalition conquered Conquest Accounts context culture David depiction destruction Deut Deuteronomy divine early Egypt Egyptian evidence Excavations Finkelstein Galilee geographical Gezer Gibeon Gibeonites Halpern Hazor historiography Hittite Hivites Idem inhabitants interpretation Iron Age Israel Israelite Jerusalem Joshua Judah Kallai Kedesh Keisan king kingdom Lachish Late Bronze Age literary Makkedah Mazar Megiddo Middle Bronze Moses Naaman narrative non-biblical northern Old Testament Palestine parallels passages period phase Philistine pottery pre-Israelite nations promised land region remaining land scholars settlement Shephelah Solomon Southern Levant story Stratum Taanach Tel Arad Tel Hazor Tel Megiddo territory textual tion tradition Transjordan treaty Ussishkin Valley verb Yhwh Yhwh’s םרח