The Transjordanian Palimpsest: The Overwritten Texts of Personal Exile and Transformation in the Deuteronomistic History
Hutton, Jeremy M.
Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009 pp. xvii + 449. $140.00
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fŁr die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 396
Description: The biblical imagery surrounding Jordan River crossings is the product of a complex process of development. This study analyzes several passages in the Former Prophets (Josh.-2 Kings) from a literary perspective, and argues that the text presents Transjordan as liminal in Israel¬īs history. The study then traces the process of redactional development in Samuel-Kings that led to this literary symbolism, and proposes a hypothesis featuring the repeated updating of texts, beginning early in Israel¬īs monarchy and continuing until the final formation of the Deuteronomistic History.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Literature
Review by Walter Dietrich
Citation: Walter Dietrich, review of Jeremy M. Hutton, The Transjordanian Palimpsest: The Overwritten Texts of Personal Exile and Transformation in the Deuteronomistic History, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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