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Bibil Identifier bibil:204105
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Deuteronomy 16.18-18.22
Title (English, ) Meeting the Challenge of Towns and Nations
Author O'Brien, Mark
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 33, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 155-172 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Historical-critical analysis sees Deut. 16.18—18.22 as a move by deuteronomistic reformers to effect a distribution of power in Israel and/or to curb the power of the monarchy. A recent detailed synchronic analysis argues that the pericope formulates a political `constitution' designed to enshrine Israel's status as a liberated people. This study argues that the passage aims to maintain Israel's unswerving commitment to the Torah in the challenging new situation of living in towns in the land and in proximity to surrounding nations. It does so by turning potential threats to the Deuteronomic ideal into things that will enhance Israel's status as YHWH's special possession, a people set apart.
DOI 10.1177/0309089208099254
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods
Pericopes Deuteronomy 16,18-18,22
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