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The foundation for all study of biblical law is the assumption that the Covenant Code is the oldest legal code in the Hebrew Bible and that all other laws are revisions of that code. This book sets forth the radical hypothesis that those laws in the covenant code that are similar to Deuteronomy and the Holiness Code are in fact later than both of these, and therefore can't be taken as the foundation of Hebrew Law.

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"Those who have come to expect a provocative and stimulating challenge of the status quo from John Van Seters will not be disappointed in this book."— The Toronto Journal of Theology

"The effect of the book is to overturn more than a century of critical scholarship and to call for a complete reassessment of the standard positions on the development of the Bible and the history of Israel. The argumentation is detailed, careful and meticulous; the scholarship is top-shelf. It builds a compelling and revolutionary case, the importance of which can hardly be overstated."—Steven L. McKenzie, Author of King David: A Biography

"In his characteristically incisive manner, John Van Seters proposes that the Book of the Covenant is not the oldest legal collection in the Hebrew Bible but arose centuries later as "a law for the diaspora." His argument, developed through careful comparison with other legal texts, turns long-held notions on their head. Van Seters has once again challenged biblical scholars to rethink their fundamental assumptions."—Douglas A. Knight, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Chair of the Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153156
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2002
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The History of Research on the Covenant Code 8
2 The Framework of the Covenant Code 47
3 The Civil Laws, or Mishpatim 82
4 Ethical Demands and Religious Obligations 128
Summary and Conclusion 172
Notes 177
Bibliography 207
Author Index 217
Subject Index 221
Scriptural and Other Sources Index 227
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