The Deuteronomist's History

The Role of the Deuteronomist in Historical-Critical Research into Genesis-Numbers


In The Deuteronomist’s History, Hans Ausloos provides for the first time a detailed status quaestionis concerning the relationship between the books Genesis–Numbers and the so-called Deuteronom(ist)ic literature. After a presentation of the origins of the 18th and 19th century hypothesis of a Deuteronom(ist)ic redaction, specific attention is paid to the argumentation used during the last century. Particular interest also is paid to the concept of the proto-Deuteronomist and the mostly tentative approaches of the Deuteronom(ist)ic ‘redaction’ of the Pentateuch during the last decades. The book concludes with a critical review and preview of the Deuteronom(ist)ic problem. Each phase in the Deuteronomist’s history is illustrated on the basis of the epilogue of the Book of the Covenant (Exod. 23:20-33).

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Hans Ausloos, Ph.D./STD (1997), is Chercheur qualifié of the F.R.S.-FNRS, professor of Biblical Studies at the UCL (Belgium), and Research Associate at the UFS (South Africa). He has extensively published on the Deuteronomist and Old Testament textual criticism.
All interested in Pentateuch studies and the so-called Deuteronomistic redaction of the Old Testament.
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