Monday, September 27, 2021

Edelman et al. (eds.), Deuteronomy in the Making (De Gruyter)

Deuteronomy in the Making
Studies in the Production of Debarim

Edited by: Diana Edelman, Kåre Berge, Philippe Guillaume and Benedetta Rossi

Volume 533 in the series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft

Published: August 23, 2021
ISBN: 9783110713312

Published: August 23, 2021
ISBN: 9783110713053

About this book

A number of long-standing theories concerning the production of Deuteronomy are currently being revisited. This volume takes a fresh look at the theory that there was an independent legal collection comprising chs 12-26 that subsequently was set within one or two narrative frames to yield the book, with ongoing redactional changes. Each contributor has been asked to focus on how the “core” might have functioned as a stand-alone document or, if exploring a theme or motif, to take note of commonalities and differences within the “core” and “frames” that might shed light on the theory under review. Some of the articles also revisit the theory of a northern origin of the “core” of the book, while others challenge de Wette’s equation of Deuteronomy with the scroll found during temple repairs under Josiah. With Deuteronomic studies in a state of flux, this is a timely collection by a group of international scholars who use a range of methods and who, in varying degrees, work with or challenge older theories about the book’s origin and growth to approach the central focus from many angles. Readers will find multivalent evidence they can reflect over to decide where they stand on the issue of Deuteronomy as a framed legal “core.”

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