This paper analyzes the story of Caleb and Hebron in Joshua 14 in relation to the traditions of Caleb's involvement in the spies' mission in the desert and other traditions regarding the conquest of Hebron. Comparison of the different traditions reveals the narrator's endeavor to legitimize the presence of non-Judean groups within the territory of Judah towards the end of the first temple period, while at the same time challenging the image of Joshua as the pan-Israelite conqueror of the land.
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- Polemical texts
- The story of the spies
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Religious studies
- Linguistics and Language
- Literature and Literary Theory