This second volume of the Unusual Bible Interpretations series offers a thought-provoking exploration of the book of Joshua. Noted Bible scholar Dr. Israel Drazin asks the question: What does the book of Joshua actually tell us about the Israelites and their leader Joshua? With common sense close in hand, Dr. Drazin presents clear, logical explanations to issues that have perplexed readers of Joshua for centuries. Paying close attention to the biblical writing style and sensitive to ancient Near East culture, Dr. Drazin not only enhances our understanding of Joshua, but provides a blueprint for approaching the entirety of Scripture.
By examining the biblical book of Joshua with references to many classical, traditional, as well as modern scholarly sources, Dr. Israel Drazin interprets the biblical text in ways that many readers will consider unusual. His objective analysis of the book confronts such challenging questions as:
- How much of the land of Canaan was actually conquered in Joshua’s time?
- When was the book of Joshua composed?
- If God assured Joshua of victory, why did Joshua use surprise tactics rather than direct frontal assaults?
- What does the book tell us of the tensions between the tribes of Judah and the tribes of Joseph?
- Is Shiloh, rather than Jerusalem, the place God chose for the center of Israelite worship?
In his well-written, informative, and always insightful work, Israel Drazin is sure to astonish you!