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Sara Milstein

Rethinking the Origins of Deuteronomic »Family Law«

Section: Aufsätze
Volume 119 (2022) / Issue 3, pp. 217-237 (21)
Published 13.09.2022
DOI 10.1628/zthk-2022-0015
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Summary
A subset of biblical laws mostly concentrated in Deuteronomy 19 - 25 is marked by stylistic and linguistic parallels. Some propose that these units and others once circulated as a collection of family law, but their parallels to the Mesopotamian legal-pedagogical genre of fictional cases suggest that the biblical texts reflect an analogous group. Only later were these units supplemented and put to new ends, creating the illusion of a law collection in Deuteronomy.