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212 pp.

£15 / $19.50 / €18.50

Theory and Method in Biblical and Cuneiform Law
Revision, Interpolation, and Development
Edited by Bernard M. Levinson

This seminal work, first published by Sheffield Academic Press in the JSOT Supplement Series, remains in demand among scholars of biblical and cuneiform law, as well as among all those interested in the Pentateuchal traditions. The essays in the collection focus on two crucial topics that have been too much neglected in recent debate on the formation of the Pentateuch: (1) biblical law, and the development of Israelite legal institutions, and (2) the significance of ancient Near Eastern law as a model for the composition and editorial history of the Pentateuch.

To correct the imbalance, the contributors to this volume investigate whether the biblical and cuneiform legal corpora underwent a process of literary revision and interpolation. If so, what is the evidence for it, and how did such revision take place? If not, how are the textual phenomena to be explained?

The contributors are: Raymond Westbrook, Bernard M. Levinson, Samuel Greengus, Martin Buss, Sophie Lafont, Victor H. Matthews, William Morrow, Dale Patrick and Eckart Otto.

Bernard M. Levinson holds the Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at the University of Minnesota; he is a Professor in Classical & Near Eastern Studies and the Law School.

Series: Classic Reprints
1-905048-61-0, 978-1-905048-61-8 paperback
Publication July 2006

A remarkable window on current scholarly debate among leading specialists … essential reading. Carolyn Jo Pressler, Religious Studies Review

An extraordinarily instructive cross-section through current discussion. Norbert Lohfink, Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte

An important collection of essays which should be read by all those interested in current issues in biblical and cuneiform law. Hector Avalos, Hebrew Studies

…a thoroughly scholarly and provocative work . Mark W. Chavalas, Journal of Law and Religion.

The title of the book says it all… The articles … make independent contributions to our knowledge of ancient Near Eastern law and provide the academic community with an important source of information. Ferdinand Etienne Deist, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages.

Insgesamt enthält der Band wesentliche Gedanken zu bedeutenden Fragen der Geschichte des Rechts im Vorderen Orient des Altertums, wobei deren historisch-rechtsvergleichender Ansatz von besonderem Interesse ist. Gerhard Ries, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte.