HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
SCHEFFLER, Eben. Jericho: From archaeology challenging the canon to searching for the meaning(s) of myth(s). Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2013, vol.69, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 2072-8050.
Joshua 6 functions as a test case for the idea of Biblical Archaeology par excellence. In this article it will be probed (by referring amongst others to the work of Garstang and Kenyon) to what extent the archaeological excavations at Jericho have been influenced by a literal reading of Joshua 6 (e.g. Garstang) and to what extend the excavations (by Kenyon) had compelled exegetes to read the text of Joshua 6 historical critically. In the consideration of a wide range of possible approaches to Joshua 6, some recent conservative opinions in which there is a continued search to harmonise the archaeological and textual information in order to secure a 'historical' reading of the text, will also be noted. Arguing not for the abolition, but rather for a broader interpretation of the concept 'canon', some hermeneutical remarks will be made regarding Joshua 6 as a 'cultic myth', in view of its positive communication.