THE BOOK OF JOSHUA


A Stage Work for Actress and Two Accompanists

“Here is a list of the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir. Joshua gave their lands as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel according to their tribal divisions.”

In these days of polarization, the book of Joshua comes back to life, confronting the Nation of Israel’s collective memory with the words that recur repeatedly in the original text: “Until this day”.

What did the author mean?

This difficult and controversial book penetratingly describes the conquest of the Land of Israel and its initial settlement. It serves simultaneously as a news channel of the period, a book of ethics and a book of faith. But more than any of these, it determines the roots of the Nation of Israel – with decisiveness, devotion and cruelty. Many cultural icons from the Book of Joshua have been engraved in the Hebrew collective memory, such as the story of Rahab the whore and the conquest of Jericho.

The play “The Book of Joshua” makes use of the original text, exposing its harsh relevance to our times, in Israel, 3000 years later, when we are still struggling with the same questions. The Left ignores the fact that the occupation is in our nation’s DNA, and the Right, that even then, the occupation was not complete, and we needed to live alongside other nations that remained here.

The Book of Judges, which immediately follows Joshua, testifies to ethical deterioration, and absolute chaos in the country. Certain periods in the history of the Nation of Israel in its land felt orderly and safe, however these were fleeting.

The play alternates between story-telling theatre and a loud, captivating music performance, with great longing for silence and gentleness.

Director and editor of biblical text – Guy Biran

Original music – Dikla

Actors – Florence Bloch, James Bar-On, Michael Levi

Assistant director – Achinoam Mendelson

Lighting – Ofer Lauffer, Uri Rubinstein

Sound editing – Assaf Bar-On

Partners in the creative process: Assi Levi, Omer Uziel, Asher Ben Shalom and Galia Eini