The book of Joshua memorializes a transitional episode in Israel's national history. The heroic figure Joshua leads the new generation of Israel across the Jordan and into the land of promise, conquering Canaanites and overseeing the allotment of the inheritance among the tribes.
However, the book of Joshua is foremost a story of God, who works powerfully on behalf of Israel and Joshua, fulfilling his covenant promises. In the final chapter, it is God who receives Israel's worshipful recommitment at Shechem.
Richard S. Hess explores the historical, theological and literary dimensions of the book of Joshua, and presents evidence for placing the events of Joshua in the late second millennium BC.
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Richard Hess (Ph. D., Hebrew Union College) is Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. He is the author or editor of a numerous titles, including Israel's Messiah in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Baker Academic) and Commentaries on the Song of Songs and Joshua. He is a contributor to the Dictionary of the Old Testament and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.