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The Post-Priestly Pentateuch: New Perspectives on its Redactional Development and Theological Profiles
Giuntoli, Federico and Konrad Schmid, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. viii + 351. €114.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 101


Description: Today agreement regarding the formation of the Pentateuch is no longer as widespread as it was when the documentary hypothesis was first proposed. Numerous scholars find that more recent periods of Israelite history – the exilic and post-exilic periods – are more likely to have been behind important sections of the Pentateuch. This has resulted in a major shift in scholarship: no longer is the remote past of Israelite history the only era, or even the primary era, during which the Pentateuch came into formation. Rather, the development of the Pentateuch continued down into the Persian and Hellenistic periods. During these centuries, the post-exilic community brought together the texts of their own cultural heritage and blended these ancient stories with ex novo additions that reflected their current historical situation. The result was the Pentateuch as we know it today. This volume focuses on these final redactions included in the biblical text after the Priestly materials. The purpose of these final additions was to complete that which was deemed necessary to recount, as well as to update, reorient, and, sometimes, to correct older materials containing ideas that were no longer compatible with the post-exilic time of the editors.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism

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Review by Ernst Axel Knauf
Published 1/12/2017
Citation: Ernst Axel Knauf, review of Federico Giuntoli and Konrad Schmid, eds., The Post-Priestly Pentateuch: New Perspectives on its Redactional Development and Theological Profiles, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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