Du Sollst Nichts Hinzufügen Und Nichts Wegnehmen (Dtn 13,1): Rechtsreform Und Hermeneutik in Der Hebräischen Bibel (You Must Not Add to It Nor Take Away Anything from It (Deut 13:1): Legal Reform and Hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible)

Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche, Vol. 102, pp. 157-183, 2006

27 Pages Posted: 11 May 2011 Last revised: 11 Jun 2012

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Published in German, 2006. Original title: Du Sollst Nichts Hinzufügen Und Nichts Wegnehmen (Dtn 13,1): Rechtsreform Und Hermeneutik in Der Hebräischen Bibel.

This paper is based on a lecture given at the conference, "Recht und Gesetz in jüdischer, christlicher und islamischer Tradition," Evangelische Akademie Arnoldshain, O 16-19 2003.

Cultures having a tradition of prestigious or authoritative texts must inevitably confront the problem of literary and legal innovation. Ancient Israel’s development of the idea of divine revelation of law creates a cluster of constraints that one would expect to impede legal revision or amendment. As a test-case, the article examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment: the notion that God punishes sinners vicariously and extends the punishment due them to three or four generations of their progeny. A series of innerbiblical and post-biblical responses to the rule demonstrates, however, that later writers were able to criticize, reject, and replace it with the alternative notion of individual retribution. Thus it was the formative canon itself which fostered critical reflection on the textual tradition and resulted in intellectual freedom.

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Keywords: Law, Jewish Studies, Intellectual History, Hermeneutics, Biblical Studies, Kanonformel, Deuteronomium, neu-assyrische Staatsvertraege, hermeneutik, ade, Asarhaddon, Assurbanipal, Dtn 13,1, Dtn 4,2, Ignaz Goldziher, Julius Wellhausen, Timo Veijola, Hermeneutik, Theologie des Alten Testaments, Kanon

Suggested Citation

Levinson, Bernard M., Du Sollst Nichts Hinzufügen Und Nichts Wegnehmen (Dtn 13,1): Rechtsreform Und Hermeneutik in Der Hebräischen Bibel (You Must Not Add to It Nor Take Away Anything from It (Deut 13:1): Legal Reform and Hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible) (2006). Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche, Vol. 102, pp. 157-183, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1836676

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