Rewriting and Revision as Amendment in the Laws of Deuteronomy 978-3-16-156361-4 - Mohr Siebeck
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Kevin Mattison

Rewriting and Revision as Amendment in the Laws of Deuteronomy

[Neufassung und Überarbeitung als Novelle in den deuteronomischen Gesetzen.]

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Kevin Mattison argues that Deuteronomy was designed to amend the Covenant Code (Exod 20:22–23:19). He proposes a model of amendment, which draws on existing models of replacement and supplementation to provide a more complete explanation of Deuteronomy's rewriting of the Covenant Code.
In this study, Kevin Mattison examines Deuteronomy's reworking of existing legal texts, arguing that Deuteronomy was designed to amend its main legal source, the Covenant Code (Exod 20:22–23:19). The model of amendment draws on existing models of replacement and supplementation in order to provide a more complete explanation of Deuteronomy's rewriting of the Covenant Code, which is characterized by a combination of presupposition, complementation, and contradiction. Internal revisions within the growing text of Deuteronomy exhibit a similar combination of these three factors. Deuteronomy's authors sought to amend the Covenant Code even as they continued to amend their own growing text. The author draws examples from laws governing sacrifice and slaughter (Deut 12:1–28), tithes and firstlings (Deut 14:22–29; 15:19–23; 26:12–15), and manslaughter and asylum (Deut 19:1–13).
Authors/Editors

Kevin Mattison Born 1985; PhD in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Hebrew Bible) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2018 Lecturer of Hebrew Bible at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Old Testament Abstracts — 42 (2019), S. 798 (V.H.M.)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.bookreviews.org/ (9/2019) (Bradford A. Anderson)