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The Rings of the Lord

Assessing Symmetric Structuring in Numbers and Judges

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Serge Frolov1
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  • 1 Department of Religious Studies, Dedman College, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USAsfrolov@smu.edu
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Examining the ring compositions that recent studies claim to have discovered in Numbers and Judges, the article argues that in both cases the reconstructions involve questionable treatment of the text’s literary divisions and especially of the alleged and actual parallels between them. This, in turn, places a question mark over the entire quest for book-scale symmetric literary structures in the Hebrew Bible.

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