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Traditions at Odds: The Reception of the Pentateuch in Biblical and Second Temple Period Literature
Choi, John

New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. viii + 278. $140.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 518


Description: "Traditions at Odds" explores the Pentateuch's literary influence on other biblical texts. There exist a number of content discrepancies between pentateuchal and non-pentateuchal texts that treat the same subject. Through a detailed analysis, the author argues that the discrepancies are not alterations of pentateuchal material, as is generally argued, but rather indications of independent traditions. Thus, much of biblical literature was written outside of the Pentateuch's purview. Corroborating evidence is found in literature from the Second Temple Period, which also exhibits a lack of conformity to the Pentateuch. After demonstrating this independence, this study explores its implications on the composition of biblical texts and the process of canonization. Over the last 30 years, this pioneering series has established an unrivaled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Persian Period

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Review by John Engle
Published 7/22/2012
Citation: John Engle, review of John Choi, Traditions at Odds: The Reception of the Pentateuch in Biblical and Second Temple Period Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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