Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Joshua Renews Covenant
Joshua 24:1-15 Commentary
by Brent A. Strawn
Joshua 24 is a famous text, mostly for verse 15, which is the climactic verse in the lectionary selection.
“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 144: Joshua Renews Covenant
October 12, 2014
Join Profs. Cameron Howard, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 1 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the reading for Oct. 12, 2014: Joshua 24:1-15. Accompanying reading: Matthew 4:8-10.