The essays in this volume focus on two crucial topics that have been given short shrift in the contemporary debate on the composition and formation of the Pentateuch: biblical law, and the development of Israelite legal institutions; and the significance of ancient Near Eastern law for developing a proper model for the composition and editorial history of the Pentateuch.
To correct the imbalance, the focus of this volume is on whether the biblical and cuneiform legal corpora underwent a process of literary revision and interpolation that reflects legal, social, and theological development. If so, what is the nature of this development and the evidence for it? If not, how are the textual phenomena otherwise to be explained? The volume will be of interest to students and specialists in biblical law, pentateuchal studies, and comparative legal history.
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Bernard M. Levinson holds the Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.