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A Prophet Like MosesProphecy, Law, and Israelite Religion$
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Jeffrey Stackert

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199336456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336456.001.0001

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The Literary Portrayal of Mosaic Prophecy in the Torah Sources

The Literary Portrayal of Mosaic Prophecy in the Torah Sources

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(p.36) 2 The Literary Portrayal of Mosaic Prophecy in the Torah Sources
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A Prophet Like Moses
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Jeffrey Stackert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336456.003.0002

A major question emerging from the literary characterization of Moses is: is Moses a prophet? This chapter identifies the variety of Moses’s prophetic modes of operation, the different origins of his prophetism, the different means employed to legitimate him as a prophet, and the similarities and differences between the literary presentation of Mosaic prophecy and historical evidence for prophecy in the ancient Near East (especially Mari and Neo-Assyria), including ancient Israel. These literary portrayals prove integral to the political arguments that the Torah sources make regarding prophecy after Moses. The texts treated in this chapter range across the biblical books of Exodus through Deuteronomy.

Keywords:   Moses, ancient Near Eastern prophecy, pentateuchal sources, Mari, Neo-Assyria

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