Approaches to the "Chosen Place": Accessing a Biblical Concept
Thelle, Rannfrid I.
London: T&T Clark, 2012 pp. xiv + 240. $140
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 564
Description: Deuteronomy's command to restrict cultic practice to one "chosen place" has occupied a central position in scholars' understandings of the book and their reconstruction of Israelite political and religious history. The debates about the date of Deuteronomy, its proposed connections to "Josiah's reform", and, most profoundly, the "Deuteronomistic History (DH) hypothesis" have dominated study of the idea of "chosen place". These debates have, to a large extent, determined how we read Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets in general. Through a reading of key texts from these corpora, this book provides a new, textually grounded, perspective of the "chosen place."
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, Historical Books, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation
Review by Eckart Otto
Citation: Eckart Otto, review of Rannfrid I. Thelle, Approaches to the ďChosen PlaceĒ: Accessing a Biblical Concept, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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