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The Canon Process Around 560-521 BCE

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The single narrative Genesis-2 Kings (Gen.?2 Kgs) is visibly created by unifying ties, often more thematic than formal, that bind together logically the larger, more distinct blocks of material. The objective of the unifying ties of the deuteronomistic tendency is to weave existing traditions and its own contribution into a single unity. According to the prevailing view, the priestly tendency is to be placed after the Dtr tendency. It is also rather generally recognised that the priestly tendency contains old traditions as well as close contacts with prophetic circles, specifically those of Ezekiel. The Dtr tendency?s single narrative extends over the largest part of the traditional material within the later Hebrew canon. Despite giving priority to a unified arrangement of its material, the single narrative also shows traces of a heterogeneous composition. The book Dt. makes no secret of it: YHWH claims Israel with divine authority.

Keywords: canon process; deuteronomistic contribution; divine authority; Dtr tendency; genesis-2 kings; priestly tendency



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