L’Herméneutique de L’Innovation: Canon et Exégèse Dans L’Israël Biblique (The Hermeneutics of Innovation: Canon and Exegesis in Biblical Israel)

Éditions Lessius, 2005

Posted: 19 Jun 2011 Last revised: 12 Jul 2012

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This book examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment found in the Decalogue: the idea that God punishes sinners vicariously and extends the punishment due them to three or four generations of their progeny. Already in ancient Israel, even though it was a “God-given” law, the unfairness of punishing innocent people merely for being the children or grandchildren of wrongdoers was clearly recognized. A series of inner-biblical and post-biblical responses to the rule demonstrates that later writers were able to criticize, reject, and replace this problematic doctrine with the alternative notion of individual retribution. From this perspective, the formative canon is the source of its own renewal: it fosters critical reflection upon the textual tradition and sponsors intellectual freedom.

"The longest part of his study is devoted to show the innovation during the formation process of the canon...This part of Levinson’s book is revealing and excellent, as he brilliantly demonstrates intrabiblical exegesis. He suggests that this can serve as a guide for modern exegesis." — Walter Vogels, Saint-Paul University in Review of Biblical Literature, March 2007.

"An important work, rendered all the more useful by its third part, which is a bibliography."— John Barton, in Society for Old Testament Studies Book List 2007.

"A sophisticated understanding of how canonization should be conceived in Judaism. An important work, rendered all the more useful by its third part, which is a bibliography." — John Barton, Society for Old Testament Study Book List 2007.

" . . . an excellent short introduction to inner-biblical exegesis." — P. S. Johnston, Vetus Testamentum 58 (2008).

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Keywords: Intellectual History, Law, Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, Contemporary French Philosophy, French Studies, Ancien Testament, Pentateuchal Theory, French Literature, French language, Francophone Canada, Francophone Literature, Religion and Litterature, Comparative Law, Hebrew Bible

Suggested Citation

Levinson, Bernard M., L’Herméneutique de L’Innovation: Canon et Exégèse Dans L’Israël Biblique (The Hermeneutics of Innovation: Canon and Exegesis in Biblical Israel) (2005). Éditions Lessius, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1858808

Bernard M. Levinson (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455-0229
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612-625-4323 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://levinson.umn.edu/

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