L. Daniel Hawk, Ph.D., is professor of Old Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary.
In this provocative and instructive study, Hawk analyzes both the literary composition of the book of Joshua as well as the theological principles that such a composition conveys. In so doing, he carefully presents the book as a unified and intentionally designed whole rather than a random collection of otherwise independent stories. While the typical reader of Joshua might readily conclude that central to the book and to Israel's identity are ethnic purity, correct religious practice and the possession of the land, Hawk persuasively argues that the unifying theme in Joshua is actually that of decision-making. In tracing this theme through to its climax in Joshua 24, Hawk skillfully weds literary expertise with theological sophistication. All who read this work will not only gain a fresh understanding of the book of Joshua, but a new lens through which to view their own lives.Terry L. Brensinger, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania ... a useful addition to the growing corpus of literary approaches to Scripture.Themelios ... at a time when issues of ethnicity are paramount in the discussion of the origins of Israel, Hawk's work promises to raise this discussion to new levels.K. Lawson Younger, Jr., Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History, Trinity International University This work will be a valuable tool both for those who wish to engage in a close reading of the text of Joshua and for those who are looking for a primer in the art of close reading. John N. Oswalt, Research Professor of Old Testament, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi This is the best literary treatment of Joshua presently available. Its treasure-trove of stylistic insights and intertextual readings bring the Joshua's familiar narratives to life in fresh new ways. Even boring lists of cities and boundaries add their voice to the book's chorus of themes. Though readers may question some of his readings, the author's exposition is clear and usually compelling. I highly recommend this book.Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., Professor of Biblical Literature, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago His commentary emphasizes the way in which the book constructs identity.Theology Digest Hawk's commentary is masterfully written and can be read with great benefit as a significant contribution to the study of the Book of Joshua.Faith and Mission Hawk's scholarship is sound and his conclusions are presented in a clear manner.Journal of Hebrew Scriptures