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Bibil Identifier bibil:221064
Publication Type Journal article
Title (French, Long) The Unity of Joshua 1-8, Its Relation to the Story of King Keret, and the Literary Background to the Exodus and Conquest Stories
Author den Braber, Marieke
Author Wesselius, Jan-Wim
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 22, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 253-274 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The story of the campaign against Jericho and its taking in Joshua 1-6 is usually assumed to be a composite narrative, in which episodes from various sources have been put together, resulting in a text which exhibits a considerable number of discontinuities, especially in the field of chronology. In this article it is argued that the chronological indications can be joined in one framework of twice seven days. In the middle of the first week the crossing of the Jordan is found, whereas the second week is concerned with the taking of Jericho. It is argued that this scheme mirrors the Ugaritic story of King Keret going to the city of Udum in order to obtain the princess Hurriy as his wife. The arguments in favour and against the assumption of a relationship of emulation between the two texts are discussed, and the possibility of an encompassing intertextual relationship of the Biblical account of Exodus and Conquest with the story of king Keret is cautiously advanced.
DOI 10.1080/09018320802661218
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Israelite Implantation : Joshua
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Ugarit : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Keret and Danel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Israelite Implantation : Conquest
Pericopes Joshua 1-8
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