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Retelling the Torah: The Deuternonmistic Historian's Use of Tetrateuchal Narratives
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Retelling the Torah: The Deuternonmistic Historian's Use of Tetrateuchal Narratives

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T&T Clark 2004

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Overview

The Deuteronomistic Historian patterned more than four dozen of his narratives after those in Genesis-Numbers. The stories that make up Genesis-Numbers were indelibly impressed on the Deuteronomistic Historian’s mind, to such an extent that in Deuteronomy-Kings he tells the stories of the nation through the lens of Genesis-Numbers. John Harvey discusses the eight criteria which may be used as evidence that the given stories in Deuteronomy-Kings were based on those in Genesis-Numbers. Unified accounts in the Deuteronomistic History, for instance, often share striking parallels with two or more redactional layers of their corresponding accounts in Genesis-Numbers, showing that the given accounts in the Deuteronomistic History were written after the corresponding accounts in Genesis-Numbers had been written.

Furthermore, the Deuteronomistic Historian calls the reader’s attention to accounts in Genesis-Numbers by explicitly citing and referring to them, by using personal names, and by drawing thematic and verbal parallels. Retelling the Torah, the first book to focus on these parallel narratives, contains far-reaching implications for Hebrew Bible scholarship.

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  • Title: Retelling the Torah: The Deuternonmistic Historian's Use of Tetrateuchal Narratives
  • Author: John E. Harvey
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement
  • Publisher: T. & T. Clark Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Volume: 403
  • Pages: 160

About John E. Harvey

John E. Harvey has a Ph.D in Old Testament from St. Michael's University College in Toronto, Ontario. He is the registrar of the Thorneloe University School of Theology, and is a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.

About The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement (renamed the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies in 2005) is a premier book series that offers cutting-edge work for a readership of scholars, teachers in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates. All the diverse aspects of Old Testament study are represented and promoted in the series, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory, and developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

The series was launched by Sheffield Academic Press in 1976, and is published regularly by T & T Clark International as The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. This world-class religious academic publishing program is both interdisciplinary and international in scope, incorporating Sheffield Academic Press, T & T Clark and Trinity Press International.

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