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The Torah and the King: Zedekiah’s Edict (Jer 34) and Deuteronomistic redaction

Johnson, Dylan R. 2022. The Torah and the King: Zedekiah’s Edict (Jer 34) and Deuteronomistic redaction. Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 134 (1) , pp. 40-54. 10.1515/zaw-2022-0002

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Abstract

The notion that the Torah represents a supervening »rule of law« that circumscribes the political and legal authority of the king stems from a particular Deuteronomistic scribal circle that worked long after the Davidic monarchy had ended. Using Zedekiah’s edict (Jer 34:8–22) as a case study, this paper examines how Deuteronomistic redactors recast the final normative legal act of an independent Judahite king as his pious application of Pentateuchal law.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISSN: 0044-2526
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 October 2022
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:00
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/153566

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