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Moses in the Prophets and the Writings of the Hebrew Bible

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This chapter looks for how Moses was understood and translated for different purposes in different settings outside the Pentateuch, whose main aim was to present Israel's founding legal texts. The voice of Deuteronomistic History (DtrH) emphasizes the leadership of Moses and its continuance through the prophets that come after him; DtrH even seems to take on Mosaic authority itself as it interprets new leaders within a Mosaic pattern. Moses is unimportant in the Latter Prophets, in spite of all their allusions and references to the Law or the Exodus. In the Prophets and the Writings, the figure of Moses emerges as the singular religious founder of the Israelite religion and the icon of its identity. This figure was shaped and tailored to fit various moments in the evolution of the literary, theological, and historiographical traditions that eventually constituted the Hebrew Bible as a book of books.

Keywords: Deuteronomistic History (DtrH); Exodus; Hebrew Bible; Israelite religion; Moses; prophets



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