Dating the book of joshua
The book of Joshua contains a number of literary forms that we see in other Near Eastern texts of the period -- annals of military campaigns, suzerain/vassal treaties, boundary descriptions, town lists, but particularly the genre of land grants.
For example, Joshua bears similarities to the Alalakh grant (AT 456) given by the king of Ugarit to his subjects (18th century BC). There has been much debate about the author and date.
He says, In his statement, Harris highlights a few flaws he sees in his book and how it’s confused people, hurt people and held back some in fear.
In light of those concerns, his publisher supports his desire to discontinue the book’s publication, so future copies will not be printed.
But he also notes that “these realities are uniquely challenging for Christians who are seeking to live by a Christian sexual ethic.” Due to these unique challenges, he realizes “how frustrating the ideas of my book could be for those who want to actively pursue and get to know other Christian singles.” Two years ago, he began re-evaluating the book, asking people how it affected them.
He acknowledges the hurt it has caused some, and apologizes for that.
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The Book of Joshua is the sixth book in the Bible and covers the period from the death of Moses to the Conquest of the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua.
The book is named after its chief character Joshua, Moses' successor.
Due to Joshua's clear affinities with Deuteronomy, proponents of the now discredited Deuteronomic Hypothesis sought to date the book after the Exile.
However, the book contains several references that indicate that it was written not too long after the events.
He also recognizes that there are some people who have benefited from it, for which he’s thankful.