- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- Chapter Abstracts
- 1 Does God Love Us?
- Comments on ‘Does God Love Us?’
- Reply to Stump
- 2 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
- Comments on ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’
- Reply to van Inwagen
- 3 Satanic Verses:Moral Chaos in Holy Writ
- Comments on ‘Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ’
- Reply to Plantinga
- 4 Animal Sacrifices*
- Comments on ‘Animal Sacrifices’
- Reply to Crenshaw
- 5 God Beyond Justice*
- Comments on ‘God Beyond Justice’
- Reply to Morriston
- 6 The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek
- Comments on ‘The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples’*
- Reply to Draper
- 7 What Does the Old Testament Mean?
- Comments on ‘What Does the Old Testament Mean?’
- Reply to Morriston
- 8 Reading Joshua
- Comments on ‘Reading Joshua’
- Reply to Antony
- 9 What About the Canaanites?
- Comments on ‘What About the Canaanites?’
- Reply to Wolterstorff
- 10 Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible*
- Comments on ‘Canon and Conquest’
- Reply to Fales
- 11 God's Struggles
- (p.236) 8 Reading Joshua
- Divine Evil?
- Oxford University Press
This chapter offers an interpretation of the stories of extermination to be found in the Old Testament Book of Joshua. The chapter considers two interpretations which take the stories more or less at face value, the contemporary interpretation by the Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann and the traditional interpretation by John Calvin. The chapter then argues that there are compelling internal reasons for not taking the stories at face value. The book is to be read as a hyperbolic and highly metaphorical celebration of Joshua as Israel's leader. The chapter concludes by reflecting on whether stylized celebrations of the deeds of admired leaders can play a positive role in the modern world.
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