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This indispensable monograph synthesizes current debates and offers a new historical and literary analysis of the book of Deuteronomy
The book of Deuteronomy introduces and develops many of the essential ideas, events, and texts of both Judaism and Christianity, and it has thus been a resource—and in some instances even a starting point—for investigations of themes and concepts beyond it. In this volume, Jeffrey Stackert deftly guides the reader through major topics in the interpretation of Deuteronomy and its relationship to the other four pentateuchal books.
Considering such subjects as the relationship between law and narrative, the role of Deuteronomy in Israel’s history, its composition and reception history, the influence of cuneiform legal and treaty traditions, textual and archaeological evidence from the Levant and Mesopotamia, and the status of Deuteronomy within the larger biblical canon, this book introduces ongoing debates surrounding the book of Deuteronomy and offers a contemporary evaluation of the latest textual and material evidence.
About the Author
Jeffrey Stackert is professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Rewriting the Torah: Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Legislation and A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion. He lives in Chicago, IL.
“Deuteronomy and the Pentateuch is unquestionably the best book available on this central biblical text. It should be standard reading for scholars and students alike.”—Joel Baden, Yale Divinity School