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The Deuteronomic history and the books of chronicles: Contemporary competing historiographies

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The work of Martin Noth has had a significant influence on the scholarship of Deuteronomy through Kings and Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah, including the relationship between these collections. One consequence of this influence has been the generally accepted conclusion that the Deuteronomic History is exilic and the work of the Chronicler is postexilic. This conclusion has further led to a model that explains the linguistic difference between the Deuteronomic History and the Chronicler's History as Standard Biblical Hebrew and Late Biblical Hebrew, respectively. Recently, these conclusions have been challenged from various perspectives, requiring a thorough re-evaluation of the Deuteronomic History, the Chronicler's History, and their relationship. This chapter explores these challenges and proposes that the Deuteronomic History and Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah are historiographies from different competing, contemporary scribal groups.

Keywords: Chronicler's History; Deuteronomic History; Ezra; Martin Noth; Nehemiah



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