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Exodus 20.24b: Linchpin of Pentateuchal criticism or just a further link between the Decalogue and the book of the covenant?

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When one tabulates the beginning of the Decalogue in Exod 20.1-11 and the sacral framework of Book of the Covenant (B) in Exod 20.22-26; 23.10-19, a striking phenomenon meets the eye. This chapter explores the possibility that there is in fact an allusion to the Third Commandment in the opening sacral framework of B. There is a prima facie case for proposing a link between Exod 20.24b and the Third Commandment: the Divine Name and its utterance occur in both. Any attempt to understand Exod 20.24b other than in the conventional sense, runs into formidable difficulties. Understood in that conventional sense, Exod 20.24b has provided a linchpin for Pentateuchal criticism.

Keywords: Book of the Covenant (B); Decalogue; Exod 20.24b; pentateuchal criticism; Third Commandment



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