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A Study of Deuteronomy Based On Statistical Properties of the Text

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Passages amounting to about 40 % of the text of Deuteronomy, scattered throughout the book, have been analysed and divided into units of text, using methods which have been published in Vetus Testamentum and elsewhere. This article lists the units which have thus been identified, together with certain of their statistical properties. One set of units is shown to be derived from a documentary source and the document in question is identified (adapting a well-known theory) with the law book found by Hilkiah in the Temple and adopted by Josiah as the basis of his reform. Units, both oral and written, composed by a later group of authors who were also responsible for the compiling and editing of the book of Deuteronomy as it now exists, are listed. Evidence for the existence of two further oral strata is also presented. The Decalogue of Dt. v is examined and evidence found for the existence of an earlier and shorter form.


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