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Joshua (NIV Application Commentary | NIVAC)

, 2009
ISBN: 9780310490432

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Reading Joshua can be, frankly, a jarring experience. Serious, troubling questions about God’s attitude toward his created peoples arise, questions with no easy answer. But the book of Joshua presents itself, warts (and wars!) and all, and asks readers to let it tell its story from its point of view and out of its ancient context. It asks them to give it the benefit of the doubt and permit it to speak to them.

This commentary aims to give its voice a clear hearing—to translate its ancient cultural form in such a way that it freely speaks about the life of faith today. Basically, the book of Joshua tells how biblical Israel navigated a major historical transition early in its national life. The book shows that guiding these changes is Israel’s God, Yahweh, through his chosen servant, Joshua. The introductory sections to follow set the scene for entering the book of Joshua and the ancient world about which it reports. Joshua helps readers learn how the message of Joshua can have the same powerful impact today that it did when it was first written.

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  • Preface by the author
  • In-depth introduction
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

Top Highlights

“The third theme offers Joshua reassurance that Yahweh will support Joshua just as wholeheartedly as he did Moses (vv. 5, 17; cf. 3:7).” (Page 75)

“The third lesson for insiders is that God not only welcomes outsiders but also uses them to encourage his people.” (Page 140)

“A fourth theme stresses that the adventure about to unfold involves Israel as a unified people.” (Page 75)

“This leads to the second lesson for insiders: We must confess our reluctance to welcome outsiders, especially those with problematic pasts or presents.” (Page 139)

“The requirement for ritual purity signals that this river crossing is a solemn religious ritual, not an ordinary military invasion.” (Page 151)

Robert L. Hubbard Jr. (PhD, Claremont Graduate School) is a professor of Biblical literature at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He also taught at Denver Seminary and served as a chaplain on active duty in the United States Navy and in the United States Naval Reserve. Dr. Hubbard is author of The Book of Ruth: New International Commentary on the Old Testament, which received the Christianity Today Critics Choice Award as the best commentary of 1989. He co-authored Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, with William Klein and Craig Blomberg, and is currently writing commentaries on Esther and Lamentations for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament, a series on which he serves as general editor.


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  6. Nicholas van Oudtshoorn
    A great resource, but can't justify paying more than double for the logos edition :-(
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