Do you find her interpretation convincing?
This is the third of six assignments that are designed to introduce you to the practice of engaging in close, careful reading of particular sections of the biblical text (exegesis), and to prepare you for class discussions about these texts and their interpretation (hermeneutics). For each case study you will be assigned a biblical passage or a set of biblical texts, as well as additional readings and/or videos. I will provide you with a
series of prompts to guide your observations on the biblical texts, as well as a series of discussion questions to answer. Your assignment should be approximately 2 pages, single-spaced. You will turn it in for grading online, however it will be helpful to bring a hard copy to use in class, or to have easy access to a digital copy on your device, as we engage in discussion. With these assignments, I am not necessarily looking for ‘right’
answers as much as I want to see evidence that you have read the assigned texts carefully and composed your responses thoughtfully. For this case study, you are responsible to read a recent chapter entitled â€œThe Un-Conquest Narrativeâ€ by biblical scholar Ellen Davis, as well as
an influential essay by Robert Allan Warrior called â€œCanaanites, Cowboys, and Indians,â€ inviting us to consider Israelâ€™s conquest from a Native American perspective. You are also asked to reflect on some of what we have read in the book of Joshua as you consider these two interpretive approaches. Each of the readings are located under the ‘Files’ tab on this Canvas page, and also attached to this weekâ€™s
module. The guidelines for your observations and responses are as follows: VIOLENCE AND CONQUEST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT What did you notice in your reading of sections from the book of Joshua? What troubles you about this narrative? What do you find appealing or compelling? How would you describe the purpose of this book in the Bible? How would you describe the thesis of the Ellen Davis chapter? What
conclusions does the author come to? Do you find her interpretation convincing? Why or why not? What is the thesis, or main argument, of Robert Warriorâ€™s essay? How would you describe his hermeneutical approach? To what extent do you find it compelling or illuminating as an approach to interpreting the Bible?