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The Role of Covenant in the Book of Deuteronomy

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1. Title Title of document The Role of Covenant in the Book of Deuteronomy - Deuteronomy
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Diana Edelman; University of Oslo
3. Subject Discipline(s) Biblical Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) treaty; Instructions; berît; ‘edut; ‘edut; Israel; legal collections
5. Subject Subject classification Old Testament
6. Description Abstract Comparative ancient Near Eastern terminology suggests that the Hebrew term berît (ברית) designated a formal, oath-bound agreement with two constituent elements: the ‘edut, “written specifications,” and the ‘edut, “oath” or “curse.” Its use in Deuteronomy can be construed either as an example of a formal vassal treaty entered into between Yhwh and Israel, or as the written terms of formal contracts, whose Hittite examples have been dubbed “instructions,” being entered into by various groups of “royal” (divine) employees, who participated in an oath-swearing ceremony to uphold the stipulated terms. In Deut 12:1–26:15, haḥuqqîm wehammišpāṭîm represent the directives for behavioral norms of the berît being entered into in the storyworld. They do not adhere to the formulation of known units in ancient Near Eastern legal collections; they are best construed either as treaty stipulations or instructions to royal employees. Finally, explanations for why Yhwh’s people are designated Israel, not Judah, are examined.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2023
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.44274
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Deuteronomy
16. Language English=en en
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