Woudstra, Marten H.
“Well conceived, ably prepared. The translation, comments, and textual apparatus are excellent.”See All
Journal of Biblical Literature
“Woudstra time and again demonstrates his sound exegetical judgment and theological insight in this book. In doing so, he has advanced our overall understanding of the book of Joshua in several positive directions.”See All
Westminster Theological Journal
“This commentary marks a significant advance in Joshua studies and outstrips its competitors by a wide margin.”See All
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
“This volume must surely be regarded as the finest commentary on the Book of Joshua. . . . Should be a part of the library of any serious student of the Scriptures who anticipates teaching or preaching from this important and colorful Old Testament [book].”See All
Recognizing that Old Testament studies today are in a state of flux as never before and that the book of Joshua seems to be at the crossroads of this animated discussion, Marten Woudstra here takes into careful account the various views represented by recent scholarship as well as Hebrew usage and text-critical concerns.
Woudstra demonstrates that the central theme in Joshua, to which everything in the book has been made subordinate, is the fulfillment of God’s promise to the patriarchs regarding the promised land. To support his understanding of this central theme, Woudstra emphasizes the nature of the Hebrew narrative as both proleptic, offering provisional summaries of events to be taken up later in considerable detail, and programmatic, indicating that the book was written close to actual events. The excellent introduction and section-by-section commentary are supplemented by an extensive bibliography and seven instructive maps.