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ALEXANDER ROFE, The Strata of the Law about the centralization of worship in Deuteronomy and the history of the Deuteronomic movement

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The hortatory style of Deuteronomy could account for some of the repetitions; especially when a radical innovation as the unification of worship is decreed. As for the shift in person, it does not appear to be a reliable indicator of distinct authorship in Biblical Hebrew. In search of such objective criteria, one may begin by inquiring about the extent of the pericope. An assumption of modern criticism is that the unification law and, indeed, the entire Code of Deuteronomy begin with Deut. xii 1. Among other things, the two laws differ in their attitude to the other, non-elected, places of worship. All in all: the differentiation of layers in Deuteronomy, when performed with caution, is a valuable means of reconstructing the history of that movement which, culminating in Josiah's act, caused a turning point in the history of Israel.

Keywords: Biblical Hebrew; Deuteronomy; Josiah's act; worship



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