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A Possible Terminus Ad Quem For The Deuteronomistic Legislation. A Fresh Look At Deut. 17:16

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Bustenay Oded is one of the few scholars who is not only an outstanding expert on the Neo-Assyrian literature, history and ideology but also endeavours to use his vast knowledge of this culture to shed more light on the history, literature and religion of ancient Israel and Judah. The utopian character of Deuteronomic law of the king especially confirms Hölscher in his opinion that Deuteronomy cannot be pre-exilic but must be seen as an ideal program for the post-exilic future. The law of the king has played a major part in the discussion on a possible date of the Deuteronomic legislation. Accordingly, Psammetichus II was interested to win the Palestinian mini-states, including Judah, as allies against Babylon. The Nubian campaign of Psammetichus II in 593/2 was a triumph; the Nubian kings were driven out of their capital Napata down to Meroë; all trace of them in Egypt was expunged.

Keywords: Bustenay Oded; deuteronomic legislation; Neo-Assyrian literature; Nubian kings; Psammetichus II



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