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The interpretation of ancient texts needs to take account of the interactive frame presupposed in the discourse. Indeed, one of the most fundamental rules of hermeneutics is that the proper horizon of a text must be taken into account if one is to understand it correctly. In plain terms, it is important to know who is speaking (or writing), to whom, under what circumstances and with which presuppositions. This chapter reviews the study of these questions with regard to the Holiness Code (Lev 17-26). It focuses on the notions of people and land: the people of Israel are the designated addressees of the law, whereas the land is depicted as the space within which the law must be put into practice. Studies on the Book of the Covenant and on Deuteronomy are legion, and investigations of the ideational framework of the law with regard to these corpora are already available.

Keywords: ancient texts; Book of the Covenant; Deuteronomy; Holiness code; ideational framework of the law; land; people of Israel

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