By Richard J. Bautch

The book's element of departure is the go back from the Exile, that is awarded as a chance for Jews, primarly these in Judah, to interpret anew the connection among God and Israel. the connection had ordinarily been regarded as a covenant, and relevant to the book's thesis is that post-exilic writers used a paradigm that was once basically that of the pre-exilic Mosaic covenant, i.e. a pact among God and humanity conditioned via the latter's observance of the legislation. the 1st a part of the ebook describes the method wherein the Mosaic covenant was once renovated and its content material pointed out so far. during this dialogue, regular topoi of moment Temple Judaism similar to penitential prayer, construction theology, and kinship ethos are proven to be imperative to a modern thought of creation.

 The moment a part of the e-book explores a paradox. at the one hand, the truth that the Mosaic covenant used to be articulated within the discourse of kinship marked it with an insularity that during flip made this covenant beautiful to sectarian teams. right here, facts is adduced mostly from the lifeless Sea Scrolls. however, because the dominant paradigm the Mosaic covenant had ascribed to it a excessive point of normativity, as visible within the paintings of tradents resembling the Priestly editors and the writer of Jubilees. finally, the Mosaic covenant was once invoked on the heart and the outer edge as either a normative theological proposal and a cipher to sectarian self-identity. The booklet concludes that by means of the tip of the second one Temple interval, even supposing the Mosaic covenant was once normative by way of a covenantal nomism that was once incumbent upon the Jews, the covenant's sectarian tendenz made its precepts non-binding and optional.

Show description

Read or Download Glory and Power, Ritual and Relationship: The Sinai Covenant in the Postexilic Period PDF

Similar old testament books

Ecclesiastes (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching)

"Ecclesiastes" is a set of sayings by means of Qoheleth (meaning "preacher" or "teacher"), who has launched into a trip to find the aim of human lifestyles. This statement presents an interpretation of this vintage textual content.

Genesis: Interpretation : A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Every one biblical publication is gifted for its most efficient use by way of instructor or preacher, taking into consideratoin its centra function, its use within the liturgical and confessional culture and in lectionaries, and its distinct importance for Christian ethics and theology.

The Promise of the Land as Oath: A Key to the Formation of the Pentateuch

During this research, Suzanne Boorer presents a method of comparing some of the present and conflicting paradigms for the formation of the Pentateuch, by means of studying chosen texts in Genesis to Numbers that specific Yahweh's oath of the land to the ancestors, to be able to make sure their relative degrees in terms of their surrounding contexts, with regards to one another, and on the subject of their parallels in Deuteronomy.

The Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes: A Critical Survey of Historical and Archaeological Records relating to the People of Israel in Exile in Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia up to ca. 300 BCE

There were many legends and traditions concerning the ten misplaced tribes of the Northern nation of Israel. This publication attracts upon large discoveries and knowledge released in regards to the flow of the folks of Israel and Judah from Davidic instances to the sunrise of the Hellenistic interval. the writer has confirmed the biblical documents opposed to archaeological facts, testimony and inscriptions present in Syria, Assyria, Babylon and Persia.

Additional resources for Glory and Power, Ritual and Relationship: The Sinai Covenant in the Postexilic Period

Sample text

A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, the Exile and Torah (JSOTSup 358; London: Sheffield Academic, 2002), 3–4. 93. ” Ezekiel 20–48 (WBC 29; Dallas: Word, 1990), 194. 94. ” Zimmerli, Ezekiel 2, 276 (emphasis added). 36 Glory and Power, Ritual and Relationship God giving to the house of Israel a new heart that is natural (‫)לב בשר‬, not stony (Ezek 36:26). In Ezek 36:26 the natural heart is explicitly referred to as a new heart (‫)לב חדש‬, and the ‫ לב חדש‬is the connection back to the new covenant of Jeremiah.

Secondly, the oracle featuring this reference to the covenant of peace, Ezek 37:23–28, allows Ezekiel, in the manner of Deutero-Isaiah, to interrelate various aspects of covenant which, according to the standard typology, would be relegated to either the conditional or unconditional model of covenant. ”89 Although these particular references to idolatry (‫ )גלולים שקוצים‬are commonplace in Ezekiel, their origin lies elsewhere. The prophet has adopted them from their Deuteronomistic context and thus alluded not only to the Deuteronomistic History but as well to the Sinai covenant that the Deuteronomistic Historian (Dtr) takes as the basis Reading of the Psalms (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995), 179–86 (186).

The place of treaty formulae in the analysis of covenantal texts has become much more limited and refined. The ancient treaties are valuable in our study inasmuch as they contain elements of covenantal traditions that may be identified piecemeal in a biblical text. Such elements include stipulations, oaths and other acts of covenant making, and unions that result when covenants are forged. These elements are frequently expressed in the language of relationship, specifically kinship. Chapter 4 of this book examines covenant from the perspective of kinship, with kinship indicating both family and familial relations.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.16 of 5 – based on 25 votes