Joshua

Book, 2012, 526 pp
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In an age of fear and insecurity, in which ethnic nationalism continues to give rise to conflict and war, we dare not avoid critical engagement with biblical texts that have been used to justify colonialism, conquest, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. Building on the idea of Scripture as dialogue partner, Matties advocates for the book of Joshua even as he engages in a difficult conversation with it.

In his commentary, the twenty-fifth volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, Matties calls for “an openness to the unexpected” in the book of Joshua. He suggests that reading Joshua carefully will open windows into how and why we read Scripture at all..

The commentary includes clear biblical commentary, relationships between various portions of Scripture, and applications drawn from the Anabaptist tradition and the larger Christian community.

This readable commentary is for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today's Sunday school teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and other seekers.

"Most Palestinian Christians approach the book of Joshua with trepidation because of the way it has been used by Christian and Jewish militants to destroy the Palestinian people. Matties' commentary is helpful, as he examines the text in light of Jesus' message of liberation and reconciliation." —Naim Ateek, director of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem

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