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Bibil Identifier bibil:202570
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Divine Rights: The Distribution of Power in Deuteronomy
Author Moore, Stewart
Journal Hebraic Political Studies (Volume: 3, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 325-351 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Is Deuteronomy a constitution for the administration of a state? The law code distributes power to many functionaries—priests, prophets, elders, judges, officers, and kings—but their respective areas of authority are vaguely defined and often overlapping. The code imagines a figure with the power to sort out this confusion, addressed only as "you" Close attention to the characterization of "you" reveals two most likely addressees, wealthy landowners and the king. This ambiguity encouraged Jerusalem's elites to compete for power by claiming to represent the law of Moses, so that, whoever won, the cause of "Deuteronomism" was advanced.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Deuteronomy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Law
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