In a field of study saturated with literature, Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos brings a fresh perspective to the study of Joshua and Judges in her book The End of the Beginning: Joshua and Judges. In this commentary on the English text, van Wijk-Bos seeks to “reacquaint us with the path taken by the people called Israel as they cross the Jordan into the land of the promise, live there . . . and finally lose the land and go into exile” (p. ix). Her commentary accomplishes just that. As she discusses the text, van Wijk-Bos is attentive to the ways these texts function as cultural memories that shape the identity of the people of Israel. She is also aware these ancient texts function as Scripture for both Jewish and Christian communities today; therefore, she carefully brings the modern reader into the text, walks them through the difficult passages,...

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