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Deuteronomistic History
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1. In the Hebrew Bible the first part of the canon (§1)—the Law and the Former Prophets, or the books from Genesis to Kings—contains a consecutive narrative from the creation to the Babylonian exile. Not merely by canonical arrangement or in terms of content but also in view of its historical development, there are good reasons to divide it into two parts. The first part consists of the Pentateuch, which ends with the death of Moses and therefore with the conclusion of the age of the founding of the people Israel, which reached a climax with the giving of the law at Sinai. The second…

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Smend, Rudolf, “Deuteronomistic History”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D169>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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