To cut to the chase, the problem with the Conquest Model is that it tends to read the Book of Joshua is a very wooden, literalistic way, without any consideration for the literary artistry of the book.
Joel Anderson. phd
“A Biblical History of Israel” by Iain Provan: An Extended Book Analysis”
It is worth reminding people like Joel of what is described in the ”Good Book”.
So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.
Fiction or not, this sounds pretty much like genocide to me and hardly bedtime reading for the kiddies.
Again one has to ask – literary artistry?
Is he serious? Apparently he is.
This is like suggesting the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge was a: ”Wonderful romp through Southeast Asia.”
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