De val van de grote stad Jericho: Kanttekeningen bij synchronische en diachronische benaderingen1Verkorte versie van een voordracht op een symposium van oudtestamentici uit Nederland en Zuid-Afrika aan de Rijksuniversiteit Leiden op 12.7.1995. | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 50, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



There are only a few traces of the famous story about the fall of Jericho (Jos.6) outside the book of Joshua. The narrative has its own important, but isolated place. The historical-critical interpretation discovered several layers in the text but there are only a few interpretations which explain the structure of the final text. The article shows the relevance of both approaches, the synchronic and the diachronic one. In the diachronic analysis the earliest stratum proofs to be a miracle story. There is no secular conquest of Jericho. The final text stresses the exemplary role of Rachab and Achan in connection with the overall theme of Joshua 2-11. The reason to choose Jericho as a background for this theological theme was not military, not historical, but topographical.


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