The Double Redaction of the Deuteronomistic History (JSOT by Richard D. Nelson

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3:17 I will bring you up Cacaleh) from the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites. Exod. 34:12 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land. 45 Exod. 23:32 you shall not make a covenant with them. Double Redaction of the Deuteronomistic History You shall break down their altars. But you have not listened to my voice. What is this you have done? And now I say, I will not drive them out from before you, but they shall be sides [sic] to you, and their gods shall be a snare for you.

23:33 It will be a snare for you. The conceptual dependence upon Exodus is as striking as the verbal. In Exod. 23:20 and 33:2, Yahweh promises he will send his angel to lead the people to the place he has prepared. The people are to listen to him (23:21). If they do listen, then Yahweh will be an enemy to their enemies and exterminate the inhabitants of the land (23:22). The people are to destroy the gods and standing stones of these peoples and make no covenant with them (23:32; 34:12) lest they or their gods become a "snare" (23:33; 34:12).

2:6 where the people gathered in Josh. 23 are dismissed /2/. The historian believed that the conquest had been complete under Joshua (Josh. 11:23) /3/, but the angel announces that it was not. In the narrative of the historian, the people do not sin until after Joshua's generation has passed from the scene (Judg. 2:7-11); Judg. 2:1-5 cannot be harmonized with this in any way. 43 Double Redaction of the Deuteronomistic History The previous chapter, Judg. 1, also falls outside the scope of the history.

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