Re-Reading the Scriptures

Essays on the Literary History of the Old Testament
Forschungen zum Alten Testament No. 87



By Christoph Levin
September 2013
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed By Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161522079                      
334 pages
$199.50 Hardcover


The collection comprises 15 essays by Christoph Levin in English from 2001 through 2011, first published in four of them. A first research focus concerns the Pentateuch, especially the oldest continuous narrative source, the Yahwist, whose origin can be searched in the beginning of the Jewish Diaspora. The first article describes this source, how is based on the literary analysis. Enter Beige is the complete English translation of the Yahwist historical work, distinguishing between vorredaktionellen sources and the text of the redactor J. Other essays are individual texts of the Yahwist dedicated work, the story of Creation and the Fall Gen 2-3, the story of Joseph in Egypt gene 39, the vocation of Moses Ex 3 and the Red Sea Wonders ex 14 Another focus is placed on the books of Kings: the chronological framework and the last two chapters of 2 Kings 24-25. The final theme relates to the prophetic books, namely the emergence of word-of-God theology in the Book of Jeremiah and the development of the idea of ​​the Day of the Lord in Zephaniah book. Other essays deal with the Israelite religion at the time of the kings, the origin of the biblical covenant theology and the position of the Old Testament to poverty. All studies are based on in-depth analysis of the literary text growth. As it exists, the Old Testament has emerged in the era of the Second Temple from a continuous updating process.

 

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