Launch of Joshua: Believers Church Bible Commentary (Herald Press).
In an age when ethnic nationalism continues to give rise to conflict and war, we dare not avoid critical engagement with biblical texts that have been used to justify colonialism, conquest, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. Building on the idea of Scripture as dialogue partner, Gordon Matties advocates for the book of Joshua even as he engages in a difficult conversation with it. In this 25th volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, Matties calls for “an openness to the unexpected.” He suggests that reading Joshua carefully will open windows into how and why we read Scripture at all.
Gordon H. Matties is professor of biblical studies at Canadian Mennonite University. He served a term as CMU’s dean of humanities and sciences. Matties also holds a PhD in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University, and his doctoral dis¬sertation, was published by the Society of Biblical Literature. He also contributed to Abingdon Press’s The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. Matties has led numerous study tours to Israel/Palestine. He is a member of River East Mennonite Brethren Church, where he currently serves as moderator.
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