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Bibil Identifier bibil:226761
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The 'Altar of the Lord Your God' in Deuteronomy 16.21: Central Altar or Local Altars?
Author McDonald, Richard
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 453-472 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Commentators differ on the location of the altar mentioned in Deut. 16.21 and do not substantiate their conclusions with evidence. Is the altar mentioned a local altar or the central altar of the temple/tabernacle? This article argues for local altars, with three lines of evidence. First, the altar law of Deut. 16.21 is compared with Exod. 20.24 to determine if the altar law of Deuteronomy borrows the language of the altar law of Exodus, as claimed by S.R. Driver. Second, the use of the lamed of advantage in Deut. 16.21 is analyzed to determine its function in the law. Third, clues for the location of the altar are sought for in the immediate context of Deut. 16.18–17.13.
DOI 10.1177/0309089213475398
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Altar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Central Sanctuary
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Law
Pericopes Deuteronomy 16,21
Exodus 20,24
Deuteronomy 16,18-17,13
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