Crossing the Jordan: Diachrony Versus Synchrony in the Book by Eun-Woo Lee

By Eun-Woo Lee

This e-book provides a try out case for diachronic and synchronic
approaches in Joshua 3-4.
Lee introduces the synchronic readings of Polzin, Hawk and
Winther-Nielsen, in addition to their makes an attempt to discover the issues in applying
their the right way to this complex textual content. He then investigates the differences
between the MT and the LXX of Joshua 3-4 via textual content serious research and
reconstructs the Hebrew Vorlage of LXX - Joshua 3-4 contemplating divergences
between significant Greek versions; and examines the restrictions of Polzin's
synchronic learn in examining in basic terms from the ultimate textual content of the MT. For the purpose
of analyzing the literary historical past of Joshua 3-4 in a diachronic approach, Lee
considers what place this article holds within the atmosphere of the broader context of
the ark narratives and water-crossing tales within the outdated testomony, e.g. the
crossing of the pink Sea in Exodus 13.17-14.31 and with Elijah and Elisha
crossing the river in 2 kings 2. He examines the hot developments in literary
criticism and makes an attempt to track the main possible literary background of Joshua

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92). These stories oscillate between obedience and disobedience, and in the process create a sense of ambiguity and tension about the ful¿llment of the promise (p. 93). Hawk also discusses the plot in terms of integrity and fragmentation. According to him, the plot of integrity points to the desired end of ful¿llment and rest in the land. A fragmenting plot, however, leads to a different end—an end in which Israel fails to possess all the Promised Land. This plot is apparent by disruptive notes about the presence of non-Israelite peoples within the borders of Israel.

107). According to him, in this narrative there is no theme of God’s justice and mercy. The issues are limited to the hermeneutic problems involved in the ful¿llment of God’s word (p. 110). Here, ¿nally, he tries to explain the dif¿culty of the twelve stones set up in the middle of the Jordan in 4:9. ” Thus, the stones Joshua set up in the Jordan without God’s command are “a testament to the necessity of change and mobility in the understanding, interpretation, and application of God’s word” (p.

Hawk argues that by crossing the Jordan, Israel moves from the place of chaos to the place of order (p. 95). 10 He asks: “How many events does the 10. Hawk admits that “Nowhere is the confusion more apparent than in the erection of the twelve stones” (p. 96). 1 2. Synchronic Readings of Joshua 3–4 27 narrative refer to, one or many? And where is the memorial? At Gilgal? ” (p. 96). He continues to say that, textually speaking, the fact that the Jordan is crossed not once but many times is more signi¿cant.

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