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By Gary N. Knoppers, J. Gordon McConville

The Deuteronomic or, extra thoroughly, Deuteronomistic background is a latest theoretical build which holds that the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings represent a unmarried paintings, unified by means of a uncomplicated homogeneity in language, kind, and content material. This build owes a lot to the impact of Martin Noth's vintage learn of the Deuteronomistic heritage, contained in his better Uberlieferungsgeschichtliche Studien. in accordance with Noth, the Deuteronomist included the deuteronomic legislation into the start of his paintings, framing it with speeches by means of Moses. The Deuteronomist then extra different resources, equivalent to stories of conquest and cost, prophetic narratives and speeches, reputable annals and records.

While this greater thesis has stood the try out of time, there's a lot confrontation between modern students a few good selection of matters. the current assortment makes an attempt to supply readers with an knowing of the real advancements, methodologies, and issues of view within the ongoing debate. either present essays and a few older, vintage essays that experience formed the bigger debate are integrated. Ten are newly translated into English. each one essay is prefaced via an in depth foreword by means of one of many editors that summarizes and locations the essay in its applicable context, making the quantity perfect to be used in seminars or classes, in addition to for people wishing to get to grips with the country of debate at the Deuteronomistic historical past.

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Originally published as N. Lohfink, “Welches Orakel gab den Davididen Dauer? Ein Textproblem in 2 Kön 8,19 und das Funktionieren der dynastischen Orakel im deuteronomistischen Geschichtswerk,” in Lingering over Words: Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Literature in Honor of William L. Moran (ed. T. Abusch, J. Huehnergard, and P. Steinkeller; HSS 37; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990) 349–70. Introduction 13 abide by these conditions does not mean, however, that all hope is lost for the descendants of David.

But one of the remarkable features of the deuteronomistic historical work is that it continues to offer fascinating answers to the wide variety of questions brought to it by modern interpreters. In this respect, the unity and diversity of the Deuteronomistic History may be regarded as two poles exercising some constraint upon 58. Jobling’s essay was originally published in SJOT 7 (1993) 17–31. 18 Gary N. Knoppers each other. What remains to be seen is whether the diversity of recent scholarly study will increase in the years ahead or whether the concept of unity, as commonly adopted in the nomenclature of the Deuteronomistic History, will continue to exert major influence.

Finally we must raise the question of what historical developments Dtr anticipated for the future. Admittedly his theme is the past history of his people, as written down and, as far as he was concerned, at an end. However, the pre-exilic prophets saw the catastrophe which they predicted not as a final end but as the beginning of a new era. Similarly, Dtr could have seen the end of the period of history which he depicts as the end of a self-contained historical process, without thinking that his people could go no further; and he could have used the interpretative summaries, which he adds, to answer the question that readily suggests itself: would not the history which he wrote attain its full meaning in the future, in conditions which had yet to develop out of the ruins of the old order, the more so because in Dtr’s time people were intensely hopeful that a new order of things would emerge from all these catastrophes?

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