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Published: 26 October 2017

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780190658809

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Inconsistency in the Torah

Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism

Joshua A. Berman

  • The first book to engage in a cross-cultural study of the deliberate employ of inconsistency within the literature of the ancient world.
  • Advances the theory that a variety of narrative and legal inconsistencies in the Pentateuch are reflected in a range of ancient Near Eastern literary conventions.
  • Demonstrates the fundamental skewing of biblical law by anachronistic views of law and legal texts.
  • Engages a critical intellectual history from Spinoza to Wellhausen.