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Bibil Identifier bibil:201787
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel
Author Levinson, Bernard M.
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 52209
Place 221.013
Publishing house Cambridge Univ. Press
Place Cambridge
ISBN 978-0-521-51344-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xxvi Pages
206 Pages
height in cm 22
Genre Original
Abstract This book examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment found in the Decalogue -that is, the idea that God punishes sinners vicariously and extends the punishment due them to three or four generations of their progeny. Though it was ‘God-given’ law, the unfairness of punishing innocent people merely for being the children or grandchildren of wrongdoers was clearly recognized in ancient Israel. A series of inner-biblical and post-biblical responses to the rule demonstrates that later writers were able to criticize, reject, and replace this problematic doctrine with the alternative notion of individual retribution. From this perspective, the formative canon is the source of its own renewal: it fosters critical reflection upon the textual tradition and sponsors intellectual freedom. To support further study, this book includes a valuable bibliographical essay on the distinctive approach of ‘inner-biblical exegesis’ showing the contributions of European, Israeli, and North American scholars. The volume opens new perspectives on current debates within the humanities about canonicity, textual authority, and authorship. --- • Opens up a dialogue between biblical studies and the humanities • Addresses the current debate about methodology and theory in biblical studies • Integrates scholarly voices from Europe, Israel and North America --- Contents: 1. Biblical studies as the meeting point of the humanities; 2. Rethinking the relation between 'canon' and 'exegesis'; 3. The problem of innovation within the formative canon; 4. The reworking of the principle of transgenerational punishment: four case studies; 5. The canon as sponsor of innovation; 6. The phenomenon of rewriting within the Hebrew Bible: a bibliographic essay on 'inner-biblical exegesis' in the history of scholarship.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Law
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Canon : History
Pericopes Exodus 20,5-20,6
Genres Bibliography
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