Establishing Ancient Israel: Discrepancies of Joshua's Conquest of the Promised Land

Authors: Nicole DePue*, Jerusalem University College
Topics: Bible Geography, Middle East, Military Geography
Keywords: Bible, Israel, Archeology, History, Geography, Conquest, War, Political, Military
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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This paper serves as a critical literary and historical analysis of the biblical conquest narrative. The paper focuses on the account of the conquest as recorded in the book of Joshua, but also refers to the sending of spies into the land as accounted in Numbers 13 and Deuteronomy 1-3, as well as other mentions of the conquest in the book of Judges. Many extra-biblical sources are referenced to compare and contrast the Biblical account of these events with the historical and archaeological evidence. In addition to literary accounts, comparisons are drawn from excavation site reports from sites such as Hazor, Megiddo, Gezer, Jericho, and a few others. The goal of this paper was to gain a comprehensive comparison between the biblical texts and the archaeological data. The data is explained through geographic interpretation along with the visual aid of maps and charts cross-referencing the various textual and archaeological sources.

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