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Textual Interpretation in 7th-6th Century Israel. Between Competition, Textualisation, and Tradition

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Over the late seventh century and sixth century BCE, texts and traditions were read by Israelite scribes with greater scrutiny and apparently with increasing technical sophistication. The Bible contains explicit reflections on textual interpretation focusing on a number of topics. This chapter discusses biblical expressions concerning norms said to be laws that Yahweh did not command. After reviewing these instances briefly, it describes Akkadian parallel that provides a basis for comparison and contrast. One set of cases involves prophecy given in the name of Yahweh that, in the view of the biblical writers and editors, is to be regarded as false. With slightly different variations, Deuteronomy 18:20 as well as Jeremiah 14:14, 23:32 and 29:23 refer to prophecy given in the name of Yahweh as that "which I did not command.".

Keywords:Israelite scribes; seventh century; sixth century; textual interpretation



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