This book presents twelve selected investigations of textual composition, interpretation, revision, and transmission. With these studies, Bernard Levinson draws upon the literary forebears of biblical law in cuneiform literature and its reinterpretation in the Second Temple period to provide the horizon of ancient Israelite legal exegesis. The volume makes a sustained argument about the nature of textuality in ancient Israel: Israelite scribes were sophisticated readers, authors, and thinkers who were conscious of their place in literary and intellectual history, even as they sought to renew and transform their cultural patrimony in significant ways. Originally published over a decade and a half, the significantly revised and updated studies gathered here explore the connections between law and narrative, show the close connections between Deuteromy and the Neo-Assyrian loyalty oath tradition, address the literary relationship of Deuteromy and the Covenant Code, reflect upon important questions of methodology, and explore the contributions of the Bible to later western intellectual history. The volume offers essential reading for an understanding of the Pentateuch and biblical law.This collection of essays is a testimony to Levinson's methodological brilliance and broad perspective as a bridge-builder between the various factions of Hebrew Bible scholarship.Armin Lange in Journal of Ancient Judaism 1 (2010), S. 122The collection as a whole triumphantly vindicates the significance of biblical law, the essential function of diachronic analysis (source and redaction criticism, and historical contextualization) in interpretation, and, especially in the last section, the established positions of the critical tradition in the succession of Wellhausen. The foottes and bibliography are a superb resource for the study of biblical law. And the publishers have produced a beautiful volume worthily complementing a fine text.Walter J. Houston in Journal of Semitic Studies 55 (2010), S. 312-313
Bernard M. Levinson, Inhaber des Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible an der University of Minnesota (Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law). 1997 Mitglied des Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton); 2007 Fellow am Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; 2010 Fellow am National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park); 2012 Fellow am Institute for Advanced Studies (Jerusalem).
Berman Family Chair in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies Bernard M Levinson