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This chapter presents an insight into the various themes discussed in the book. The book is a study whose main purpose is to explore the range of differences and distinctions between Judah and Israel, as reflected in the various forms of Old Testament literature: in narrative, historiography and, in some instances, in poetry. Taken together, these glimpses add up to a picture that allows to examine the extent of differences between the two regions in terms of their respective ways of life, faith and religious norms. Even their traditional narratives, in terms of literary composition and style, reflect separate ideologies and purposes. The study demonstrates how certain identifying literary and ideological features in the northern parts are identical to those in the historiographical sections of the Ephratite Composition, and that this school almost certainly includes some earlier elements, and its composition began before the division of the kingdom.

Keywords: Deuteronomistic school; Ephratite Composition; Israel; Judah; Old Testament literature



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