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Sarah J.K. Pearce

The Words of Moses

Studies in the Reception of Deuteronomy in the Second Temple Period

[Moses Worte. Studien zur Rezeption des Deuteronomiums während der Zeit des Zweiten Tempels.]

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Sarah Pearce studies the reception and transformation of Deuteronomy in the Second Temple period, focussing on Deuteronomy's laws for the organisation of justice (Deut. 17.8–13). A detailed commentary explores sources including the Masoretic Text, Greek Deuteronomy, the Books of Chronicles, the Temple Scroll, Philo of Alexandria and Josephus.
Recent studies highlight the character of Deuteronomy's laws of public officials (Deut. 16.18–18.22) as the first draft for a constitutional government of the future. Sarah Pearce explores what these laws meant for Jewish interpreters and their communities in the Second Temple period. Her focus is on the reception and transformation of Deuteronomy's laws on the organisation of justice (Deut. 16.18–17.13): the appointment of local judiciaries; the authority and function of the central court; and the prohibition of single testimony. The author offers a detailed commentary on these laws in sources including the Masoretic Text, the Samaritan Pentateuch, Greek Deuteronomy, the Books of Chronicles, the Temple Scroll, the Damascus Document, Philo of Alexandria, and Josephus. Her aim is to understand the ancient interpreters of Deuteronomy, first and foremost, in their own terms and their own contexts.
Authors/Editors

Sarah J.K. Pearce Born 1965; 1988 Bachelor of Divinity (University of London); 1995 DPhil (Oriental Studies, University of Oxford); Ian Karten Senior Lecturer in Jewish History, The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Old Testament Essays — 26 (2013), S. 893–895 (Benjamin Kilchör)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — http://www.bookreviews.org (03/2015) (Sven Petry)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 126 (2014), S. 305 (A.C. Hagedorn)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 141 (2017), S. 502–504 (Eckart Otto)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 42.5 (2018) (Jonathan Campbell)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 58 (2014), S. 634
In: Reviews of the Enoch Seminar — http://www.enochseminar.org//drupal/node/29424 (03/2015) (Nathalie LaCoste)