By Eun-Woo Lee
This e-book offers a try case for diachronic and synchronic
approaches in Joshua 3-4.
Lee introduces the synchronic readings of Polzin, Hawk and
Winther-Nielsen, in addition to their makes an attempt to discover the issues in applying
their how you can this advanced textual content. He then investigates the differences
between the MT and the LXX of Joshua 3-4 via textual content severe research and
reconstructs the Hebrew Vorlage of LXX - Joshua 3-4 contemplating divergences
between significant Greek variants; and examines the restrictions of Polzin's
synchronic learn in studying simply from the ultimate textual content of the MT. For the purpose
of interpreting the literary historical past of Joshua 3-4 in a diachronic approach, Lee
considers what place this article holds within the environment of the broader context of
the ark narratives and water-crossing tales within the previous testomony, e.g. the
crossing of the crimson Sea in Exodus 13.17-14.31 and with Elijah and Elisha
crossing the river in 2 kings 2. He examines the new traits in literary
criticism and makes an attempt to track the main possible literary historical past of Joshua
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Extra resources for Crossing the Jordan: Diachrony Versus Synchrony in the Book of Joshua
6). He writes that his assumption is not based upon previous historical-critical analysis. However, from the beginning he assumes that the Deuteronomistic History (DH) is a uni¿ed literary work (p. 18). For him, the so-called Deuteronomist means a person or persons ful¿lling an authorial or editorial role, who is/are responsible for the ¿nal form of the DH (p. 18). He goes so far as to argue that a “prophet like Moses” is the so-called Deuteronomist himself (p. 61). Following Voloshinov’s linguistic analytical method, Polzin applies the distinction of direct and indirect discourse to the so-called DH.
Thus, the stones Joshua set up in the Jordan without God’s command are “a testament to the necessity of change and mobility in the understanding, interpretation, and application of God’s word” (p. 6 As we examined above, by using Russian literary theory, especially Uspensky’s theory, Polzin adequately explains many of the complicated problems in the narrative of Josh 3–4. His attempt to read one of the most dif¿cult and complex texts in the book of Joshua from the perspective of temporal, spatial, phraseological, and psychological aspects demonstrates the merit of synchronic methodology.
145). In the postscript, which is the ¿fth part of the book, Polzin traces the hermeneutical implications of his study. According to him, the so-called Deuteronomist, who does not always support Moses’ authority, does not allow immediacy, transparency, and univalency for the text: subsequent revisionary interpretation not only does not recover the original word of 1 2. Synchronic Readings of Joshua 3–4 17 God, but makes clear that that is impossible (p. 206). Polzin holds that modern historical criticism has a Hirschian perspective, which is to say, that a text has a single meaning that is the intent of the original author (p.