Book of Joshua

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The Book of Joshua (Hebrew: Sefer Y'hoshua ספר יהושע‎) is the sixth book in the Hebrew Bible and the first in the Former Prophets. It tells the story of the conquest of the land of Canaan from the death of Moses to that of Joshua.

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Authorship

While the book is ascribed by tradition dating from the Babylonian Talmud (section 15a of the Bava Batra, a work dating from the 3rd century CE) to Joshua, it never names its author. Most scholars in the second half of the 20th century have viewed the book as part of the series which includes Deuteronomy, Judges, Samuel and Kings, making up the "Deuteronomistic History" of Israel.[1] In the view of Martin Noth, who articulated the theory in 1943, the partition of the History into books such as Joshua was a later development.[1] The prevailing view in modern scholarship is that the author, or authors, of the History worked in the time of Josiah or the Babylonian exile or both.[2] Nevertheless, the Deuteronomistic hypothesis has always encountered difficulties with Joshua, and large proportions of its text are ascribed to a post-Exilic Priestly revision.[2] There are also signs of a modern trend towards stressing the independent development of the books that make up the series, which allows for the preservation an ancient "Joshua" tradition with the book its own special (non-Deuteronomistic) themes and concerns.[3]

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