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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 265–271 | Cite as

Joshua: A story of individuation

  • John R. Sauvé
Article

Abstract

This article illustrates the value of bringing a psychological perspective to bear on the interpretation of religious stories. Using the story of Joshua's conquest of the promised land recorded in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the author applies Jungian themes to the text to elicit psychological truths that are useful for the promotion of mental health and human development.

Keywords

Mental Health Human Development Psychological Perspective Promise Land Psychological Truth 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Sauvé
    • 1
  1. 1.West Valley Mental Health Center in Los GatosCalifornia

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