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2 Deuteronomy 30: God and Israel in the Drama of Restoration

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Deuteronomy 30:1-10 chronicles the plan for the reversal of the curse. Israel and YHWH are actors ruling the discourse and both have roles in drama of restoration. Both YHWH and Israel turn, but the stress is on Israel who 'makes the first move'. It simply establishes the cogent plausibility of such reading as strong reading so as to ask whether Paul or any of his contemporaries might have read this text in comparable way. Watson's thesis is that Paul read Israel's Scripture so as to find it testifying to unconditional saving action of God in Jesus Christ and believes that Paul passes over Deuteronomy 30:1-10 on account of its conditionality. In a reading which prioritizes YHWH, Deuteronomy 30 could still be seen as conditional, but only with respect to time and instrument, but not with respect to initiative or source.

Keywords: curse; Deuteronomy 30; Israel; restoration; YHWH



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