Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel by Bernard M. Levinson

By Bernard M. Levinson

This publication examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment present in the Decalogue-that is, the concept that God punishes sinners vicariously and extends the punishment due them to 3 or 4 generations in their progeny. notwithstanding it used to be "God-given" legislations, the prejudice of punishing blameless humans basically for being the kids or grandchildren of wrongdoers was once sincerely famous in historical Israel. a chain of inner-biblical and post-biblical responses to the guideline demonstrates that later writers have been in a position to criticize, reject, and exchange this not easy doctrine with the choice concept of person retribution. From this angle, the formative canon is the resource of its personal renewal: it fosters severe mirrored image upon the textual culture and sponsors highbrow freedom. To aid extra learn, this e-book features a necessary bibliographical essay at the special process of inner-biblical exegesis displaying the contributions of ecu, Israeli, and North American students. An prior model of the amount seemed in French as L′Herméneutique de l′innovation: Canon et exégèse dans l′Israël biblique. This new Cambridge liberate represents an immense revision and enlargement of the French version, approximately doubling its size with large new content material. criminal Revision and spiritual Renewal in historical Israel opens new views on present debates in the humanities approximately canonicity, textual authority, and authorship. Bernard M. Levinson holds the Berman family members Chair of Jewish stories and Hebrew Bible on the college of Minnesota. His study makes a speciality of biblical and cuneiform legislation, textual reinterpretation within the moment Temple interval, and the relation of the Bible to Western highbrow historical past. His e-book Deuteronomy and the Hermeneutics of felony Innovation (1997) gained the 1999 Salo W. Baron Award for most sensible First ebook in Literature and idea from the yank Academy for Jewish study. he's additionally the writer of "The correct Chorale" : reports in Biblical legislation and Interpretation (2008), and editor or coeditor of 4 volumes, such a lot lately, The Pentateuch as Torah: New versions for knowing Its Promulgation and recognition (2007). The interdisciplinary importance of his paintings has been famous with appointments to the Institute for complex examine (1997); the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Berlin Institute for complex research (2007); and, such a lot lately, the nationwide Humanities heart, the place he'll function the Henry Luce Senior Fellow in spiritual reviews for the 2010-2011 educational yr.

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Within biblical studies, Frank Cr¨usemann has directed new attention to the quote in his essay on the function and development of the canon of the Old Testament (“‘Das portative Vaterland’: Struktur und Genese des alttestamentlichen Kanons,” in idem, Kanon und Sozialgeschichte: Beitr¨age zum Alten Testament (G¨utersloh: Chr. Kaiser/G¨utersloher Verlagshaus, 2003), 227–49. 16 It has much more to do with Heine’s own well-justified sense of dislocation and rejection—and thus with yearning for membership in a German literary tradition from which he was excluded.

Smith, “Sacred Persistence: Toward a Redescription of Canon,” in idem, Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown (CSHJ; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), 36–52 (at 48). See Smith’s further reflections on that study in idem, “Canons, Catalogues and Classics,” in Canonization and Decanonization, 303–9. ; Oxford: Clarendon, 1988), 79, 263; Bernard M. 9 Although it is a profound instrument of cultural renewal, exegesis is often also profoundly a study in the false consciousness of the interpreter, who disclaims the very historical agency that, for Smith, makes exegesis worthy of study!

87828in THE PROBLEM OF INNOVATION 31 The legal speaker makes a clear distinction between what was formerly the case and what is now the case, between what would have been done and what is currently the practice. This opposition is marked grammatically: there is a shift from the durative-iterative form of the verb to the present tense. The new fine is only half the original one. 17 The changes marked by the “formerly . . but now” formula derive from a far-reaching legal reform, carried out under King Telipinu (ca.

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