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The So-Called Deuteronomistic History: A Sociological, Historical and Literary Introduction
Römer, Thomas

London: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. x + 202. $29.95

Description: In contrast to the Torah/Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic History is not recognised by Jewish or Christian tradition as a separate collection and the term itself is an invention of modern biblical scholarship. In this detailed investigation of the Deuteronomistic History, Thomas Romer provides students and scholars of the Old Testament with a complete guide to this important subject. Romer briefly outlines the content of biblical books relevant to the study of Deuteronomistic History - Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges and Samuel-Kings. He then defines the concept of Deuteronomistic History, surveying the evolution and history of the debate with particular emphasis on the work of Martin Noth. Romer then provides a sociological, historical and literary approach to the books from Deuteronomy to Kings. He examines questions such as: Why and how did Deuteronomism rise as a 'school' under Assyrian hegemony? What role did propaganda play in the composition of these books? What happened on an ideological and sociological level during the Exile and Persian period? Is the so-called Deuteronomistic literature properly understood as crisis literature? And what influence did the Deuteronomistic History have on the identity of the Second Temple period.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Literature

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Review by Ernst Axel Knauf
Published 2/10/2008
Citation: Ernst Axel Knauf, review of Thomas Römer, The So-Called Deuteronomistic History: A Sociological, Historical and Literary Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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