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Deuteronomy 16:18-18:22. Meeting the Challenge of Towns and Nations

O'Brien, Mark (2008) Deuteronomy 16:18-18:22. Meeting the Challenge of Towns and Nations. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 33. pp. 155-172. ISSN 0309-0892

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Abstract

Historical-critical analysis sees Deut. 16.18—18.22 as a move by deuteronomistic reformers to effect a distribution of power in Israel and/or to curb the power of the monarchy. A recent detailed synchronic analysis argues that the pericope formulates a political `constitution' designed to enshrine Israel's status as a liberated people. This study argues that the passage aims to maintain Israel's unswerving commitment to the Torah in the challenging new situation of living in towns in the land and in proximity to surrounding nations. It does so by turning potential threats to the Deuteronomic ideal into things that will enhance Israel's status as YHWH's special possession, a people set apart.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: unity, diversity, towns, nations, judges, kings, priests/Levites, prophets
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 01:47
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 01:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/462

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