Every Promise Fulfilled

Contesting Plots in Joshua

By L. Daniel Hawk

Every Promise Fulfilled

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  • ISBN: 9781606085950
  • Pages: 172
  • Publication Date: 4/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60
Web Price: $17.60

Every Promise Fulfilled

Contesting Plots in Joshua

By L. Daniel Hawk

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  • ISBN: 9781606085950
  • Pages: 172
  • Publication Date: 4/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60

About-

The book of Joshua has many inconsistencies and tensions. The author's analysis of the two plots in the book of Joshua challenges the reader to consider the tensions between dogma and life as it was experienced when the book was written.

L. Daniel Hawk draws upon contemporary theories of plot (Kermode, Ricoeur, and especially Brooks) to understand Joshua. He pays special attention to the dynamic quality of the text and of the act of reading. He uncovers patterns of coherence and dissonance that work through and develop the primary concerns of Joshua: the obedience of Israel and the integrity of its land and people. In this valuable book, new ground is broken in the study of the book of Joshua.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"The analyses are refreshingly insightful, challenging the reader to delve deeper into the exciting world of the text. This is certainly one of the most important recent contributions to the study of the Book of Joshua."
- K. Lawson Younger, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 56 (1994) 110

"Overall, Hawk makes a significant contribution to the academic study of Joshua, for his analysis offers a scholarly coherence to the seemingly literary incoherence of Joshua."
- Richard Bowman, Interpretation,1993, 190

"Hawk's volume, which focuses exclusively on Joshua, presents an extensive interpretation of the book as a unified piece whose writer understood literary artistry and composed a carefully structured whole. Hawk's well-written study effectively challenges prior assumptions about the disjointed character of the book of Joshua…He has made a good case for viewing the book of Joshua as a coherent literary work whose stories can, when sensitively read, be seen to coalesce into a viable literary piece…this is a fine, effectively written study, which opens new avenues for understanding the book of Joshua."
- Alan Hauser, HS 35 (1994) 149, 151

"Hawk's study is clearly written and organized; it can be read with profit by both student and scholar. He is in control of his subject both at the theoretical and at the textual level."
- Peter Miscall, CRBR 6 (1993), 161

"One of the merits of Hawk's study is that he makes it clear how much readers' own desires for integrity over fragmentation and closure over ambiguity (or should one say dis-closure?) participate in coordinating the plots' competitive conversation with their own experience of life. That alone makes this volume well worth Hawk's labor in writing and the time and attention his study requires of any who reflect seriously on the relationship of their own lives and their reading of scripture."
- John Keating Wiles, Faith & Mission, Spring 1992, 102

Contributors-

L. Daniel Hawk

Bio(s)-

L. Daniel Hawk is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is also the author of Joshua in 3-D (Cascade Books, 2010) and Joshua (Berit Olam, 2000).

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