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Book-Seams in the Hexateuch I: The Literary Transitions between the Books of Genesis/Exodus and Joshua/Judges
Berner, Christoph and Harald Samuel, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. x + 454. $181.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 120


Description: Biblical books, which were transmitted on separate scrolls in antiquity, are not necessarily identical with books in the modern sense of a coherent and self-contained compositional unit. The books of the Primary History especially constitute a larger master narrative. This raises the question of how the distribution of the text to different scrolls relates to its compositional history. Were the respective books conceived as physically separate parts of a multivolume composition (whether Pentateuch, Hexateuch, Deuteronomistic History or Enneateuch) from the outset, or are we dealing with a more complex development of originally independent compositional units that were only connected or separated by later redaction? The present volume addresses these issues with respect to the transitions between the books of Genesis/Exodus and Joshua/Judges, which have obviously developed in dependency upon each other. Contributors include Joel Baden, Uwe Becker, Christoph Berner, Erhard Blum, David Carr, Franziska Ede, Cynthia Edenburg, Zev Farber, Daniel E. Fleming, Christian Frevel, Erasmus Gaß, Stephen Germany, Jan Christian Gertz, Detlef Jericke, Reinhard G. Kratz, Reinhard Müller, Wolfgang Oswald, Peter Porzig, Harald Samuel, Bernd U. Schipper, Konrad Schmid, Hans-Christoph Schmitt, Sarah Schulz, Jean Louis Ska, and Jacob Wright.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Exodus, Historical Books, Joshua, Judges, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Klaas Spronk
Published 10/24/2019
Citation: Klaas Spronk, review of Christoph Berner and Harald Samuel, eds., Book-Seams in the Hexateuch I: The Literary Transitions between the Books of Genesis/Exodus and Joshua/Judges, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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