Early Historical Books (Joshua–Kings)

  Sponsors: David Firth and Ralph Hawkins

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The “Early Historical Books (Joshua-Kings)” Research Group is focused on the Old Testament historical books that are set in the pre-exilic period, including the so-called deuteronomistic history as well as the book of Ruth. Emphasis is placed on historical-cultural and literary-theological approaches to interpretation. We are currently in the middle of a three-year program on the theology of the land in these books, and we are looking at this theme under the headings of “Land Gained,” “Land Retained,” and “Land Lost.” Our hope is to demonstrate that each of these categories can be found across this corpus, and thus to broaden the awareness of the land theme. For 2024, we have an open call for papers on the second heading, “Land Retained.” Please e-mail title and abstract to David Firth ([email protected]) and Ralph Hawkins ([email protected]) by February 29, 2024.