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Joshua 24 has long been recognized as a crucial chapter for source-critical studies and for the reconstruction of Israel's early history. The present volume summarizes and evaluates previous (often contradictory) efforts to explain Joshua 24 on the basis of literary criticism, the role of covenant concepts in Israel's history writing, form-critical comparisons with treaty texts, archaeological approaches to the Shechem traditions, structural analysis and textual criticism. ' ... [a] comprehensive and formidably documented volume ... ' Christopher T. Begg, Old Testament Abstracts.