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The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible

Rachel Havrelock


No biblical text has been more central to the politics of modern Israel than the Book of Joshua. Named after a military leader who became the successor to Moses, it depicts the march of the ancient Israelites into Canaan, describing how they subjugated and massacred the indigenous peoples. This book examines the book's centrality to the Israeli occupation today, revealing why nationalist longing and social reality are tragically out of sync in the Promised Land. Though the Book of Joshua was largely ignored and reviled by diaspora Jews, the leaders of modern Israel have invoked it to promote n ... More

Keywords: conquest, genocide, modern Israel, Book of Joshua, diaspora Jews, ancient Israelite society, David Ben-Gurion, Israelis, Palestinians, decentralized society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691198934
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691198934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Havrelock, author
University of Illinois at Chicago