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The Promise of the Land As Oath in Exodus 32:1–33:3

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The divine promise of land as an oath to the patriarchs has emerged as a central area of pentateuchal study. The land oath texts include Exod 13:5, 11; 32:13; 33:1. The land oath texts have played a significant role within debates regarding the literary composition of Genesis-Deuteronomy. This chapter describes the debate surrounding the land oath texts as a group, especially as they have been used to discern literary levels within the Pentateuch. It then focuses primarily on the issue of the relative literary level(s) of Exod 32:13 and 33:1 within their context of Exod 32:1-33:3,4 and the relationship of Exod 32:13; 33:1 within their context to Deut 9-10. The chapter makes observations regarding the function of Exod 32:13; 33:1 within their immediate context and within the book of Exodus as a whole. The land oath texts as a group have been used in identifying redactional levels within the Pentateuch.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; Exodus; Genesis; land oath texts; pentateuchal study



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