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The Life-Setting (Sitz-Im-Leben ) Of The Jubilee

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The question of the date of the jubilee legislation has received a wide variety of answers in the history of modern biblical scholarship. The complete opposition of the jubilee legislation to any permanent alienation of ancestral property becomes more comprehensible in light of the reverence of tribal Israelites for their forebears. The main weakness of the post-exilic priestly ploy" hypothesis is the lack of any clear evidence in the text of Lev 25 that points to the post-exilic period as its Sitz-im-Leben. The element of the text frequently identified as a reference to the exilic period is the forty-nine year duration of the jubilee cycle, which is claimed to correspond to the forty-nine years of the exile. The jubilee was promulgated by the priests" in Babylonian exile, so the argument runs, in order that when they returned in 538 B.C.E., they would have a legal basis to reclaim their property.

Keywords: Babylonian exile; jubilee legislation; modern biblical scholarship; Sitz-im-Leben

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