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Deuteronomy 12 as an Example of the Threefold Deuteronomistic Editing

12 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the Lord God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. 2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess…

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The scroll of the Law found by Josiah in the Temple: myth or reality?

According to 2 Kings 22-23, in the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah, the priest Hilkiah found a roll during the renovation work of the Temple of Jerusalem. By order of the king, High Officer Shaphan reads the scroll in front of all the people. The reaction is strong and…

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The Composition of the Pentateuch: A New Theory (Second part)

The post-exilic reforms of the jewish community were inspired by the so called King Josiah‘s Reform (cfr. 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chr 34). The first reform was the centralization of worship in Jerusalem.  Deuteronomy 12 – the chapter which opens the so-called “Deuteronomic Code” (Deut 12-26) – speaks about that reform.…

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The Composition of the Pentateuch: A New Theory (First part)

Although the book of Deuteronomy is located at the end of the Pentateuch it plays a central role in the formation of the Pentateuch. Substantially Deuteronomy invites the readers to remember (in Heb. zaqar) and to listen (in Heb. shama) the commands given by God to Moses and to observe them in everyday…

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