The book of Joshua is a severe ethical challenge, portraying as it does a religiously motivated campaign of genocidal conquest. It is a story that has too often been the basis of real world settler-colonialism, and various poisonous national mythologies, including the American doctrine of Manifest Destiny.
The Good News here is found in subverting the text – the heroes are not the conquerors, but the conquered who creatively resist, and prove their status as righteous outsiders.
Yeshua may be the aramaic form of Joshua, but Jesus is more the son of Rahab, than the son of Nun.
- Who are the “righteous outsiders” in our world today?
- How can we overcome colonialism and the doctrine of Manifest Destiny in our world today?