7. Deut 26;5-10 is an ancient cultic formula. Discuss its possible origins (date, setting, etc.). What is its function in Hebrew mythology? its interest to Old Testament historians?
8. In Deut 13:12 ff., you will see an explanation of herem, the ban, a war ideology to be discussed in detail in relation to the conquest of the land. What sort of worldview is implied by a banning mentality? Note that Yahweh can employ "holy war" himself as a means of punishing an unfaithful Israel.
Joshua and Judges VII. October 29, 31, Nov. 2, 5