Those migrating into Canaan coalesce into a common cultural identity as they occupy and defend the land. Religious beliefs and practices, however, remained quite diverse as can even be seen in careful reading of the Bible. This time period includes the conclusion of the Exodus (perhaps better called the Entrance) and the periods of Joshua, the Judges and Ruth.
In the stories of these Scriptures we find the people
absence of God
tragedy that so often comes
The stories found in these Scriptures reflect the people wrestling with their identity and the identity of God who goes before them.
perception & vailing
continued to be refined and edited throughout Jewish history, monarchy, exile and return,
gives these stories the power to speak to us still today as we wrestle with the same questions
suffering not discounted
& subserviance, & into our own day.