A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion

Hardcover | July 9, 2014

byJeffrey Stackert

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Jeffrey Stackert addresses two of the oldest and most persistent problems in biblical studies: the relationship between prophecy and law in the Hebrew Bible and the utility of the Documentary Hypothesis for understanding Israelite religion. These topics have in many ways dominated pentateuchalstudies and the investigation of Israelite religion since the nineteenth century, culminating in Julius Wellhausen's influential Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel. Setting his inquiry against this backdrop while drawing on and extending recent developments in pentateuchal theory, Stackerttackles the subject through an investigation of the different presentations of Mosaic prophecy in the four Torah sources. His book shows that these texts contain a rich and longstanding debate over prophecy, its relation to law, and its place in Israelite religion. With this argument, A Prophet Like Moses demonstrates a new role for the Documentary Hypothesis in discussions of Israelite religion. It also provides an opportunity for critical reflection on the history of the field of biblical studies. Stackert concludes with an argument for the importance ofsituating biblical studies and the study of ancient Israelite religion within the larger field of religious studies rather than treating them solely or even primarily as theological disciplines.

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Jeffrey Stackert addresses two of the oldest and most persistent problems in biblical studies: the relationship between prophecy and law in the Hebrew Bible and the utility of the Documentary Hypothesis for understanding Israelite religion. These topics have in many ways dominated pentateuchalstudies and the investigation of Israelite ...

Jeffrey Stackert is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He was the recipient of the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise for his first book, Rewriting the Torah: Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Legislation.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion After Wellhausen2. The Literary Portrayal of Mosaic Prophecy in the Torah Sources3. The Elohistic Source: The End of Israelite Prophecy4. The Deuteronomic Source: Prophecy's Anemic Future5. The Priestly and Yahwistic Sources: Separating Prophecy and Law6. Pentateuchal Theory, Israelite Religion, and Biblical Studies: New Perspectives and AimsBibliographyIndex