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Reading Law as Narrative: A Study in the Casuistic Laws of the Pentateuch
Bartor, Assnat

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 pp. ix + 219. $27.95

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Description: Casuistic or case law in the Pentateuch deals with real human affairs; each case law entails a compressed story that can encourage reader engagement with seemingly “dry” legal text. This book is the first to present an interpretive method integrating biblical law, jurisprudence, and literary theory, reflecting the current “law and literature” school within legal studies. It identifies the narrative elements that exist in the laws of the Pentateuch, exposes the narrative techniques employed by the authors, and discovers the poetics of biblical law, thus revealing new or previously unconsidered aspects of the relationship between law and narrative in the Bible.

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Review by Thomas B. Dozeman
Published 6/14/2011
Citation: Thomas B. Dozeman, review of Assnat Bartor, Reading Law as Narrative: A Study in the Casuistic Laws of the Pentateuch, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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