The position and function of Jos 22 in the Book of Joshua

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It is generally agreed that originally Jos 22 was not part of the book of Joshua. However, there is no consensus regarding its historical background. Depending on the scholar, its historical background varies from the early period of Israel's settlement to post-exilic times. Contrary to most scholars' opinion this paper demonstrates the strong ties and analogies of this story to various sections in the Book of Joshua, and its skillful integration in the Book. This narrative follows the description of the division of the land into separate portions in Jos 13-21. It shows that the tribes of Israel who divided the land into 12 separate portions still formed a united people. This is illustrated in the account of the dangerous conflict between the Cisjordanian and Transjordanian tribes that was prevented because of their commitment to the unity of the nation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-541
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2004


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