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Joshua Renews the Covenant
Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26] Commentary
by Brent A. Strawn
Joshua 24 is a famous text, mostly for verse 15, which is the climactic verse in the lectionary selection.1
“As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” appears in all sorts of formats from quilts and doilies to plaques in kitchens and all other sorts of Christian kitsch. The popularity of the line testifies to its power; one can reasonably worry, however, that the power of Joshua 24:15 is significantly weakened by its overuse, especially on items that are somewhat less than powerful -- doilies for example!
Three things are important to note about the lectionary reading:
1. First, in the case of Joshua 24:15, no less than any other famous passage of Scripture, the popularity of the verse can be counterproductive to its full significance. “Familiarity breeds contempt” is one old adage, but the problem here is not contempt so much as superficiality. Many people know of Joshua 24:15, may even have it memorized, but as an excerpt, lifted out of context as it were. The decontextualized nature of the verse is not a problem in terms of basic understanding. It is not ...
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Narrative Lectionary 329: Joshua Renews the Covenant
October 14, 2018
Podcast on Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26], the Narrative Lectionary reading for Oct. 14, 2018 (Joshua Renews the Covenant) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.