How will theological interpretation tackle Joshua?

One of the courses that I am scheduled to teach is called Christian Scriptures.  This approach is, I think, more profitable than “Bible Survey.”  Bible surveys are basically interested in teaching about what Scripture contains, while a consciously theological foundations course for the Bible tackles the questions: what does it mean to read the Bible as holy Scripture?  How does it inform and ground faith?  How does it all work together to bring believers into communion with God?  While, in the past, I have taught survey-like courses, this will be the first time I teach a theological approach to the content, origins, message(s), and purposes of the Bible.  Also, I am a New Testament scholar (wannabe) by trade, and I will need to do some serious catch-up with the OT texts, theology, and the like.

I happened to notice that Eerdmans is going to release, very soon, another of their Two Horizons commentaries – this time on Joshua – fanscinating!  Even in the book description, the authors (Gordon McConville and Stephen Williams) acknowledge the ethical challenge of what appears to be the divine sanctioning of genocide.  I think this series is well-suited to address these kinds of issues and I look forward to learning from their perspective.

On a very similar note, one of my fellow students (now graduated) from Durham, Douglas Earl, studied the topic: “Reading Joshua as Christian Scripture” with none other than Walter Moberly.  His thesis is being published, under the same name, with Eisenbrauns in their Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplement Series.  No fear, this new series will not cause you to break the bank.  Earl’s volume will retail at just $37.95. 

If I end up picking up either or both of these, you can be sure I will give my thoughts.


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