• Length: 454 pages
  • Published: October 19, 2010
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2506-6
  • Item Code: 2506
  • Case Quantity: 12

The Bible is both a divine and a human book. It is the inspired word of God for his people, whether in biblical times or for the church today. It is also a fully human book, written by different people in a variety of cultural settings. Knowledge of biblical language and society is essential if the meaning of the human writer is to be grasped fully.

The Apollos Old Testament Commentary aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. In this volume, Pekka Pitkänen shows the relevance of Joshua to modern readers. While he remains anchored in the world of the text throughout the commentary, Pitkänen brings contemporary geopolitical issues (like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) to bear on Joshua and the genocidal "Israelite conquest tradition."


Editors' preface
Author's preface
List of archaeological periods


1. General
1.1 The story and place of Joshua in the canon, and its overall relationship with the Pentateuch and Judges--Kings
1.2 Structure and plot line of the book and chronology of events
1.3 Textual issues (incl. mt vs lxx)
1.4 Sources and composition of Joshua
1.5 An overview of the history of interpretation of Joshua and the Israelite conquest and settlement

2. Understanding Joshua today in its ancient context
2.1 The role of history and theology in the interpretation of the book

3. Understanding history in Joshua
3.1 Approaching history
3.2 The historical background of Joshua

4. Understanding theology in Joshua
4.1 Main outlines of the theology of Joshua in its ancient context
4.2 The role of historical references in Joshua and the purpose of the book
4.3 Joshua and the New Testament

5. Modern appropriation of the book of Joshua
5.1 The problem of war, conquest and genocide in Joshua
5.2 Joshua and the justification for conquest and genocide
5.3 Joshua, Israel and the Palestinians

Note on text and translations, and on geographical references

Text and commentary

Excursus 1: General observations on the literary form and setting of the book
Excursus 2: Form and structure of Joshua 1:1--12:24
Excursus 3: The Ark and Yahweh?s presence
Excursus 4: Herem
Excursus 5: The archaeology of Jericho
Excursus 6: The archaeology of Ai
Excursus 7: The archaeology of Mount Ebal
Excursus 8: The archaeology of Gibeon
Excursus 9: The archaeology of Arad
Excursus 10: Form and structure of Joshua 13 -- 21
Excursus 11: Form and structure of Joshua 22 -- 24 and the end of Genesis--Joshua
Excursus 12: Joshua 22:9--34 and the Deuteronomistic History hypothesis, with implications for the date of Joshua

Index of references to Scripture and related literature
Index of authors
Index of subjects
Index of archaeological sites and related places

Dr Pekka Pitkänen is a senior lecturer for the Open Theological College course at the University of Gloucestershire. His first degree is in computer science and economics (BSc+MSc) from Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland. He also has an MDiv in theology from Chongshin University, Seoul, Korea, and a PhD on Old Testament studies from University of Gloucestershire. Dr Pitkänen is currently working on Pentateuchal studies, with main research interests in Israelite history and historiography, ancient Near Eastern studies (including the main languages of the area), archaeology, biblical criticism and sociological and anthropological approaches to biblical studies.

BY Pekka Pitkänen