Description: Idolatry in the Pentateuch addresses both the manner in which the Pentateuch was produced and how theological intentions can be discerned from the texts that constitute it. McKenzie attempts to read the final shape of the Pentateuch while not ignoring the diachronic complexities within its pages. Using a compositional approach to the Pentateuch, he establishes his methodology, analyzes several idolatry-related texts, and traces the theological intentions through an inner-textual strategy. Moreover, McKenzie briefly considers the history of interpretation through the last few centuries and discusses the state of Old Testament studies as he understands it.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature
Review by Sven Petry
Citation: Sven Petry, review of Tracy J. Mckenzie, Idolatry in the Pentateuch: An Innertextual Strategy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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