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By John Van Seters

The basis for all learn of biblical legislation is the idea that the Covenant Code is the oldest felony code within the Hebrew Bible and that every one different legislation are revisions of that code. This e-book units forth the unconventional speculation that these legislation within the covenant code which are just like Deuteronomy and the Holiness Code are in reality later than either one of those, and for this reason cannot be taken because the beginning of Hebrew legislations.

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The whole reconstruction of the Covenant Code’s compositional development rests upon the claim for the antiquity of the privilege law in Exod 34 and with it the parenetic elements that have been so often viewed as Deuteronomistic. A review of this issue and those studies that make use of the notion of a “privilege law” has been undertaken by E. ”35 If one removes the similarities between Exod 34 and the Covenant Code as a way of determining the oldest level of the Covenant Code and the subsequent development of this nucleus, then there is little left of Halbe’s scheme.

So profoundly from all other ancient Near Eastern legal documents. Along with the actual judicial pronouncements, there are cultic and religious, ethical and social demands together with their theological and historical foundations. ), and they appear as the words of God which were given to Israel through the mediation of Moses at Sinai. 3. The Book of the Covenant is in every respect, an extremely colourful portrait. Its assembled character is almost tangible. 67 With respect to “fact” 1, this is the reason for the almost complete absence of any discussion by Crüsemann of the parallels in the other law codes to the Covenant Code.

On the relationship of law-giving to the Sinai theophany, Houtman follows Crüsemann in seeing this connection as first made by P before the final Dtr author of the Covenant Code placed it in the context of a Sinai covenant. Yet this same final author/redactor is viewed by Houtman as attempting to weaken the position of Sinai by placing law-making at other times as well, with the final, definitive code, Deuteronomy, in Moab. A number of major issues that are raised by Houtman’s position need to be addressed.

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