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P r e f a c e actual course of events. This opinion is admittedly a hypothesis, and  By definition such a hypothesis is devised to explain most completely what we now know, n o t what it may be necessary or possible for another generation to say ( G. E. Wright, J o s h u a , Anchor Bible, Garden City: Doubleday, 1982, p. 78). Moreover, acceptance of any hypothesis is a matter of judgment based on presuppositions whose permanency is by no means assured ( see ibid. p. 72). For the good of scholarship it is necessary to maintain awareness of the hypothetical nature of current judgments, and no better means of doing so exists than the presentation of contrary arguments. When such are advanced by a scholar of Kaufmanns stature, the obligation to scholarship of seeing to the continued availability of his work is clear. Western scholars received Kaufmanns monograph with respect but demurred at his conclusions ( Rowley, B i b l i o t h e c a O r i e n t a l i s 11 [ 1954] 227f.; Wright, J o u r n a l of B i b l i c a l L i t e r a t u r e 75 [ 1956] 154f.; Bright, E a r l y I s r a e l in Recent H i s t o r y W r i t i n g , Chicago: Allenson, pp. 56- 78). Kaufmanns distaste for speculation on the tradition- history of the literature in question put him outside the circle of western discussants, who have always set great store by such speculation. I consider most questionable his leap from literary criticism to historical reconstruction. What he has shown is that the Bible describes a possible course of conquest - when read with allowances for its legendary and literary features. But to proceed from there to asserting its servicibility for reconstructing history is more difficult than Kaufmann would seem to admit. He takes practically no account of archeological data ( his commentries correct that lack only slightly); but these are ever increasing and ever more complicated and must be integrated with the literary record by the historian. Moreover, the plausibility of a course of events can hardly be judged ( as Kaufmann seems to judge it) in isolation from the socio- economic framework to which it belonged. If is, finally, necessary to say a word about the style of this monograph. Kaufmanns stake in his conclusions is manifest not only in the passage from his letter cited above, but throughout his writing; he did not hide his sentiments and his evaluations from the readers view. This is not the usual practice in English scholarly writing. I recall my chagrin at the faithfulness of Daguts translation of this monograph: what a pity, 1 thought, that the first introduction of Kaufmann to the English- reading world conveys so ingenuously his typically scholastic style of free- swinging polemic. ( In my abridgment of the  History I took pains to filter out most of the strong 11 Chapter Home  | TOC

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Front Matter Front Cover Front Flap Half Title Page Title Page Copyright Page Table Of ContentsABBREVIATIONS PREFACE TO THE REISSUEContents THE FORMER PROPHETS AND THE SOURCES OF THE PENTATEUCH THE FORMER PROPHETS ARE NOT A DEUTERONOMISTIC HISTORICAL WORK THE ARCHAIC CHARACTER OF THE BOOK OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE LAND (JOSH 13-19) ALT'S CONJECTURES ABOUT THE LISTS OF BOUNDARIES AND CITIES MOWINCKEL'S CRITICISMFLUCTUATIONS OF THE NORTHERN BORDER OF BENJAMIN THE BOUNDARIES OF DANITE TERRITORYJOSH CONTAINS NO REFERENCE TO JOSIAH'S KINGDOMTHE PORTION OF SIMEONJEBUSTHE GALILEAN TRIBES THE TRANSJORDANIAN TRIBESTHE BOUNDARIES OF EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH OMISSION OF THE CITY LISTS THE CANAANITE ZONE TO THE NORTH OF MANASSEH THE LIST OF LEVITICAL CITIES. AN ANCIENT UTOPIA THE IDEAL AND UTOPIAN LAND OF ISRAEL THE LAND OF CANAAN MOSES' LAND OF ISRAELJOSHUA'S LAND OF ISRAELTHE REAL LAND OF ISRATHE ISRAELITE EMPIRETHE LAND OF CANAAN — AN ANCIENT UTOPIATHE DATE OF JOSHUA'S LANDTHE PROBLEM OF THE COMPLETE CONQUESTFROM GEN 15 TO JU 3THE ANTIQUITY OF THE PRAGMATIC FRAMEWORK OF JUTHE CHARACTER OF THE NARRATIVES: LOCAL STORIES AND AETIOLOGICAL LEGENDS BETWEEN JOSH AND JU THE EVIDENCE OF THE SONG OF DEBORAHBENJAMIN AND GILGALTHE LOCATION OF THE WARSTHE NATIONAL CHARACTER OF THE STORIESCRITICISM OF THE AETIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION THE INNERMOST IDEA OF THE STORIES OF JOSHUNITY OF THE REALISTIC BACKGROUNDDATE OF THE STORIESTHE ARCHAIC CHARACTER OF JOSHJU 1JU 1 A CONTINUATION OF JOSHMONUMENTAL EVIDENCETHE REAL PLAN OF THE WARS OF CONQUESTTHE COMPOSITION OF JOSHBack Matter MapsThe Portions of the TribesThe Districts of Judah and BenjaminThe Land of the PatriarchsMoses' Land of IsraelJoshua's LandThe Kingdom of David and SolomonCanaanite cities in central Palestine before the conquest of the Valley of JizreelBack Flap Back Cover
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