Joshua

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 23, 2010 - Religion - 257 pages
"In this volume Gordon McConville and Stephen Williams interpret the book of Joshua in relation to Christian theology, providing exegetical commentary and reflection on an often-troubling book that nonetheless plays a key role in the biblical drama of salvation. McConville and Williams address significant theological themes in Joshua, such as land, covenant, law, miracle, judgment (including the problem of genocide), and idolatry. They posit that the theological topics engaged in Joshua are not limited to the horizons of the author and first readers of the book, but that this ancient text is part of a much larger testimony that concerns readers yet today." ""What a marvelous book! Many commentaries on Joshua are disappointing and dispiriting; after usingthem, you wonder what the point was. This one helps you understand the book, helps you see the point, and sets you thinking energetically and constructively on the theological issues it raises."---John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary" ""In the light of Qoheleth's tired comment---'Of making many books there is no end'---one can be forgiven for asking whether we need yet another English commentary on the book of Joshua. Having had opportunity to dive into this new one coauthored by Old Testament scholar Gordon McConville and systematic theologian Stephen Williams, I can only respond with another of Qoheleth's sayings: ŠTwo are better than one, for they have a good return for their labor.' This collaborative effort in theological exegesis is first-rate both as exegesis and as theological interpretation, brilliantly demonstrating the organic and necessary link between the two."---V. Philips Long, Regent College, Vancouver"--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

The Scientific Question
161
The HalfSeen World
165
Joshua and Biblical Theology
171
Key Themes of the Book of Joshua
172
Joshua and Exodus
174
Joshua and Leviticus
175
Joshua and Numbers
177
Joshua and Deuteronomy
179

The New Testament and the Land
99
Back to the Land?
103
The Question of Genocide
108
What and Why
113
Did God Really Say ?
116
Radical Accommodation
120
Conclusion
123
Idolatry
125
Practices of the Nations
127
The Practice of Israel
131
A Matter of Life and Death
133
Touching on Beauty
137
Covenant
140
Behind the Covenant
142
Covenant and Privilege
145
Covenant and Law
148
Conclusion
153
Something Rich and Strange
154
Approaching the Miraculous
156
What Exactly Are We Told?
158
Joshua and Judges Kings
183
Conclusion
186
Joshua in Biblical Theology
187
The Problem of Evil and Violence
188
Chaos History and Violence
190
Joshua Chaos and History in the Rest of the Old Testament
193
Conclusion
196
A Response to Gordon McConville
200
Reading Joshua Today
206
The Question of History
207
The God of Joshua
214
God as Personal
217
God of Power
220
The Character of God
223
Divine Lordship
228
A Response to Stephen Williams
230
Bibliography
236
Author Index
246
Scripture Index
249
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J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England.
Stephen N. Williams is professor of systematic theology at Union Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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