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Pertinent Texts In Kings And Jeremiah

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There are no obvious references to the jubilee in the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH) or Jeremiah. However, there are several texts in these two works which must be discussed because they are (1) proposed as references to the jubilee by various scholars, (2) relevant to the reconstruction of aspects of ancient Israelite society pertaining to the jubilee legislation, or (3) commonly conflated with references to the jubilee in later biblical and extra-biblical texts. The jubilee is an eschatological" institution designed to re-establish the ideal conditions of freedom and land-rights which the exodus and conquest attained for Israel. The execution of Naboth for cursing God, i.e. blasphemy, seems to follow the procedure of stoning by the community outside the camp as laid out in Lev 24:10-23 - curiously, the passage of the Holiness Code directly preceding the jubilee legislation. The lxx version of Jer 25:1-12 probably preserves an older formulation of the prophet's words.

Keywords: ancient Israelite society; Deuteronomistic History (DtrH); Jeremiah; jubilee legislation



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