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Inventing God's LawHow the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi$
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David P. Wright

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304756.001.0001

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Redactional Growth in the Apodictic Laws and the Covenant Code’s Relationship to the Exodus Narrative

Redactional Growth in the Apodictic Laws and the Covenant Code’s Relationship to the Exodus Narrative

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(p.322) 12 Redactional Growth in the Apodictic Laws and the Covenant Code’s Relationship to the Exodus Narrative
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Inventing God's Law
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304756.003.0012

This chapter discusses more technical but fundamental issues regarding the composition of the apodictic laws. It argues that the apodictic laws are not later additions to the text but part of the basic composition of the Covenant Code. It explores the question of whether the laws and clauses in which second person plural forms are found are an addition to the text. It gives evidence that they may be original and were generated by the use of sources or by other contextual concerns. It also argues that, for the most part, various motive or explanatory clauses are original to the apodictic laws. Finally, the chapter argues that the Covenant Code was probably written in connection with a version of the narrative of the book of Exodus and discusses the Covenant Code's compositional and chronological relationship to the book of Deuteronomy.

Keywords:   redaction history, Numeruswechsel, motive clauses, narrative source criticism, Pentateuch, Moses, Ideology

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