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Adopting the Stranger as Kindred in Deuteronomy
Glanville, Mark R.

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018 pp. xvii + 312. $39.95

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Description: Deuteronomy addresses social contexts of widespread displacement, an issue affecting 65 million people today. In this book Mark R. Glanville investigates how Deuteronomy fosters the integration of the stranger as kindred into the community of Yahweh. According to Deuteronomy, displaced people are to be enfolded within the household, within the clan, and within the nation. Glanville argues that Deuteronomy demonstrates the immense creativity that communities may invest in enfolding displaced and vulnerable people. Inclusivism is nourished through social law, the law of judicial procedure, communal feasting, and covenant renewal. Deuteronomyís call to include the stranger as kindred presents contemporary nation-states with an opportunity and a responsibility to reimagine themselves and their disposition toward displaced strangers today.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Don C. Benjamin
Published 8/8/2019
Citation: Don C. Benjamin, review of Mark R. Glanville, Adopting the Stranger as Kindred in Deuteronomy, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

Review by Carmen Palmer
Published 8/22/2019
Citation: Carmen Palmer, review of Mark R. Glanville, Adopting the Stranger as Kindred in Deuteronomy, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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