P/H and D in Joshua 22,9-34

Pitkänen, Pekka M A ORCID: 0000-0003-0021-7579 (2016) P/H and D in Joshua 22,9-34. Biblische Notizen, 171. pp. 27-35.

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This paper examines Joshua 22,9-34, a passage where the Transjordanians are potentially violating the law on centralization of worship. It builds on the author’s previous work that relates to the passage (cf. Central; Reading). Joshua 22,9-34 has generally been recognised to attest priestly features, and Noth’s classic assertion was that Joshua 22,9-34 is an isolated priestly addition in the book of Joshua. However, one may argue that the passage also exhibits Deuteronomic features and ties back to the rest of the Deuteronomic book of Joshua, in addition to having links with the book of Numbers, including Numbers 32 as a prime case. The paper will then suggest that, from the perspective of legal interpretation, Joshua 22,9-34 can be plausibly read as a priestly passage that has been carefully integrated in the Deuteronomic book of Joshua. More specifically, the paper will suggest that the passage in the context of the book of Joshua and Genesis-Joshua as a whole can be very plausibly seen as interpreting Pentateuchal legal materials based on the idea that centralization of worship in Deuteronomy (esp. Deut 12) is a continuation in the land of the concept of centralization in the wilderness in priestly material (Lev 17).

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Pekka Pitkanen
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 15:42
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:55
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4311

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