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Reading law : the rhetorical shaping of the Pentateuch

Author: James W Watts
Publisher: Sheffield : Sheffield Academic, [1999] ©1999.
Series: Biblical seminar, 59.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Watts here argues that conventions of oral rhetoric were adapted to shape the literary form and contents of the Pentateuch. The large-scale structure - stories introducing lists of laws that conclude with divine sanctions - reproduces a common ancient strategy for persuasion. The law's use of direct address, historical motivations and frequent repetitions serve rhetorical ends, and even the legal contradictions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W Watts
ISBN: 1850759979 9781850759973
OCLC Number: 40882275
Description: 189 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Biblical seminar, 59.
Responsibility: James W. Watts.

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"Watts here argues that conventions of oral rhetoric were adapted to shape the literary form and contents of the Pentateuch. The large-scale structure - stories introducing lists of laws that conclude with divine sanctions - reproduces a common ancient strategy for persuasion. The law's use of direct address, historical motivations and frequent repetitions serve rhetorical ends, and even the legal contradictions seem designed to appeal to competing constituencies. The instructional speeches of God and Moses reinforce the persuasive appeal by characterizing God as a just ruler and Moses as a faithful scribe. The Pentateuch was designed to persuade Persian-period Judaeans that this Torah should define their identity as Israel."--BOOK JACKET.

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