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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Analysis of the text

20 And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 21 Those that were numbered…

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The Book of Joshua (Third part)

The most favorable political and social context at the beginning of deuteronomic literary activity is the age of Josiah. Like Deuteronomy, so the first edition of Joshua is probably functional to the political intentions of Josiah. The stories of conquests were therefore instrumental to the affirmation of Juda’s political and…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Analysis of the text

4And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers. 5 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur. 6 Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 7Of Judah; Nahshon…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Analysis of the text

Numbers 1,1 And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the…

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The First Edition of the Book of Deuteronomy (Second part)

According to T. Römer, the first edition of Deuteronomy began in 6:4-5 and ended with the curses in Dt 28. At the center were the prescriptions that presupposed the ideology of centralization in Jerusalem. Within this section – i.e. the cc. 12-26 – chapters 12 and 13 stand out. These texts…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Introduction

The first two chapters of the book of Numbers have been written on the basis of the norms on the building of the sanctuary in the desert and the sacred furnishings (Ex 25-31), the execution of the works (Exodus 35-40) and the rules for the sacrifices of the priests (Leviticus).…

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The First Edition of the Book of Deuteronomy (First part)

The book of Deuteronomy, as well as many other books of the Bible, has not been written straight away, as if it were the work of a single author belonging to a specific historical moment. Some literary features represent the clear proof: the book has two prologues (chapters 1-3 and…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – The Final text and its meaning for our Life

After having examined the composition of the text – i.e. after having recognized that in Exodus 14 there are two texts and that these stories belong to different thematic and theological horizons – we will now identify the work of who put together these two stories producing the story that…

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