Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dubovský et al. (eds.), The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah

The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah
Ed. by Peter Dubovský, Dominik Markl, and Jean-Pierre Sonnet

[Die Zerstörung Jerusalems und die Entstehung der Torah.]
2016. X, 381 pages.
Forschungen zum Alten Testament 107
99,00 €
ISBN 978-3-16-154054-7

Published in English.
The destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 bce is arguably the most tremendous disaster in the Hebrew Bible. How this decisive date relates to the development of the Pentateuch, however, is highly controversial. Is the trauma of Jerusalem reflected in the five books of Moses? This question is addressed from multiple perspectives in this volume. Israel Finkelstein and Lester L. Grabbe discuss the archaeological and historical data. Experts in Pentateuchal criticism from diverse international backgrounds present a rich panorama of relevant themes, including biblical historiography, contacts with Mesopotamian culture before and during the Babylonian exile, and the issue of cultic discontinuity caused by the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem's temple.
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