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Bibil Identifier bibil:110622
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) "Du sollst nichts hinzufügen und nichts wegnehmen" (Dtn 13,1): Rechtsreform und Hermeneutik in der Hebräischen Bibel
Author Levinson, Bernard M.
Journal Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (Volume: 103, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Language German
Pages 157-183 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Cultures having a tradition of prestigious or authoritative texts must inevitably confront the problem of literary and legal innovation. Ancient Israel’s development of the idea of divine revelation of law creates a cluster of constraints that one would expect to impede legal revision or amendment. As a test-case, the article examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment: the notion that God punishes sinners vicariously and extends the punishment due them to three or four generations of their progeny. A series of innerbiblical and post-biblical responses to the rule demonstrates, however, that later writers were able to criticize, reject, and replace it with the alternative notion of individual retribution. Thus it was the formative canon itself which fostered critical reflection on the textual tradition and resulted in intellectual freedom.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Law
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception
Pericopes Deuteronomy 7,9-7,10
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