The "Borders of the Land of Canaan'" Document (Num 34:1-12) Its Context in the Book of Numbers and Its Reflection in the Book of Joshua

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Abstract

In the context of the debate regarding the date, nature, and scope of the Priestly writings, the book of Numbers and its role in the formation of the Pentateuch has received much attention. Investigation of the relationship between the chapters that treat the settlement in the land of Canaan in Numbers and Joshua is crucial for the assessment of the place of the book of Numbers in the compositional process of the Pentateuch. I propose here to examine the scholarly stances on this issue in light of the literary similarity between two passages in Numbers and Joshua: the southern border of the land of Canaan (Num 34:3-5) and the southern Judahite border ( Josh 15:1b-4).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-415
Number of pages17
JournalHebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Num 34:1-12
  • Josh 15:1-12
  • the Priestly Source
  • the Composition of the Pentateuch
  • Borders of Canaan
  • the Judahite Border

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