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Anti-Achaemenid Propaganda In Deuteronomy

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Deuteronomy was, from its origin in the late Assyrian epoch on, a book that served the aim to define Judah's identity as intensively as no other book in the Hebrew Bible. In the Neo-Assyrian period of the 7th century B.C.E. the authors of Deuteronomy pursued this aim by stressing the differences between Judah and its God and the Assyrian imperial power and its royal ideology, subversively taking over texts of the Assyrian legitimation of Sargonid rule like the loyalty oath for Esarhaddon in Deut 13 and Deut 28. The literary history of Deuteronomy did not end with its deuteronomistic redaction during the exile. In the postexilic-Achaemenid era Deuteronomy was incorporated in a post-priestly Hexateuch, which was formed out of the deuteronomistic-exilic Deuteronomy, connected with the deuteronomistic book of Joshua from Deut 1 to Josh 23.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; Hexateuch; Judah; postexilic-Achaemenid era



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