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rhetoric of concealment, one that served to camouflage the actual literary history of the laws. 24 Elsewhere he writes: The reworking of tradition presents itself as the original significance of tradition; the challenge to the source is read back into the source; the author renders his own voice silent by

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authority is made by Bernard Levinson and Jan Assmann. They argue that the binding attitude toward law began in ancient Israel, with the divine voicing of law. Even though the Mesopotamian collections were obviously venerated, they were still only attributed to the (human) monarch. In ancient Israel

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Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning , (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009), 61. For a dissenting voice see Essert, “Legal Obligation and Reasons.” Legal Theory 19 (2013):63–88. 7 It should be noted that, according to the text, the community subsequently decided that self-defence was

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Temple Scroll: they were much more restrained. While the author of Temple Scroll sought to create a new/alternate Torah—which is evident from its new voicing and narrative setting 3 —the Samaritan Pentateuch scribe wanted his text to be viewed as another copy of the (Samaritan) Torah. Because of this

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Shecaniah: “Let us make a covenant with our God to put out all wives and children from them” ( נכרת ברית לאלהינו להוציא כל נשים והנולד מהם ). Although Ezra does not himself voice this verdict, there can be no question that he is depicted as the final authority on the matter; why else would they present the