Thanks to very peculiar style and theology, Pg was identified as
far back as 1869 by Theodor Noeldeke and remains one of the last
pillars of Pentateuch research after the fall of the Wellhausen
model. Its existence is rarely doubted, but its extent is debated.
Does it end already in Exodus (Otto, Pola, Bauks) or does it go as
far as Deuteronomy (Noth, Frevel) or even into Joshua (Lohfink,
Knauf)? The end determines Pg's notion of the land and its
conquest, important subjects today for the formation of the
Pentateuch (was there first a Hexateuch?). The 364-day perpetual
calendar offers a reliable criterion to identify Pg within the
final text of the Hexateuch because the simple mathematic of the
calendar are easier to control than hypothetical redactors. Pg is
divided into seven periods, from creation to the entry of the sons
of Israel in an empty land of Canaan. The festival calendar of
Leviticus 23, and the Jubilee of Lev 25 constitute the heart of Pg,
the practical outworking of principles presented in the narrative.
Bloodless atonement with no connection to any temple whatsoever,
peaceful entry into the empty Promised Land, eternal sabbatical
rhythm, are Pg's major theological characteristics.
T. & T. Clark
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||The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
||234 x 156mm (L x W)
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