The thesis that the books of Deuteronomy to 2 Kings have undergone a redaction that made them into a Deuteronomistic History has become a widely accepted idea in Old Testament scholarship since Martin Noth proposed it in 1943. But there is no consensus when this history was edited: under Josiah (622 BCE), during the exile (c. 560 BCE) or even later? And what was the intention of its redactors? Can we rely on the so-called Deuteronomistic History for the reconstruction of Israelite history? Or should we give up the thesis of a Deuteronomic redaction of the Former Prophets?
This volume explores these and many other questions about this key topic in Old Testament scholarship. It results from a research seminar organized by the Swiss universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchtel and Lausanne. It contains contributions by the following scholars: R. Albertz, J. Briend, M. Detienne, W. Dietrich, J. J. Glassner, S. Japhet, E. A. Knauf, A. D. H. Mayes, S. L. McKenzie, S. Pisano, M. Rose, A. Schenker, F. Smyth, A. de Pury and T. Romer. Articles in French were translated by J. Edward Crowley.
Albert de Pury is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Thomas Römer is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Jean-Daniel Macchi is Junior Lecturer in Old Testament at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.