throughout the story. and ... the reader encounters a number of serious instances of disobedience to the commandments of Moses. Each of these instances threatens Israel's fulfillment of the promises articulated at the beginning of the book .... The story oscillates between obedience and disobedience, and in the process creates a sense of ambiguity and tension about the fulfillment of the promise" (p. 93). Hawk weaves the motifs of Conquest and Compromise (chap. 3). Obedience and Disobedience (chap. 4), and Integrity and Fragmentation (chap. 5) into his overall pattern of anticipated closure and unanticipated disruption very effectively. 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. In some cases his interpretation of a particular unit of tradition seems a bit strained. and his zeal to find an encompassing structure for the book may lead him at times to present an interpretation of a particular unit that is not one with which most scholars would concur. Nevertheless. this is a fine. effectively written study. which opens new avenues for understanding the book of Joshua. Alan J.
Hebrew Studies – National Association of Professors of Hebrew
Published: Oct 5, 1994