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Bibil Identifier bibil:227529
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Aniconic Tradition, Deuteronomy 4, and the Politics of Israelite Identity
Author Feder, Yitzhaq
Journal Journal of Biblical Literature (Volume: 132, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 251-274 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The present article examines the aniconic polemics of the Hebrew Bible in an attempt to appreciate better their role in defining Israelite cultural boundaries and belief. The first part of the article deals with early sources in the aniconic tradition on which Deuteronomy 4 builds, particularly the idol prohibition of the Decalogue and the altar law of Exodus 20. The second part seeks to elucidate the creative appropriation of these traditions in Deuteronomy 4 and the historical circumstances that inspired this chapter's rhetoric. Drawing on the conclusions of the previous sections, particularly the strikingly divergent critiques of idolatry as motivated by different historical contexts, the final section will attempt to draw some broader conclusions regarding the role of polemical strategies in establishing a distinctive cultural discourse.
DOI 10.1353/jbl.2013.0030
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconoclasm
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Identity
Pericopes Deuteronomy 4
Exodus 20,2-20,5
Deuteronomy 5,6-5,9
Hosea 10,5-10,6
Hosea 8,1-8,6
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