Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel Hardback
This book examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment found in the Decalogue - the idea that God punishes sinners vicariously, extending the punishment due them to three or four generations of their progeny.
Although a 'God-given' law, the unfairness of punishing innocent people in this way was clearly recognized in ancient Israel.
A series of inner-biblical and post-biblical responses to the rule demonstrates that later writers were able to criticize, reject, and replace this doctrine with the notion of individual retribution.
Supporting further study, it includes a valuable bibliographical essay on the distinctive approach of inner-biblical exegesis, showing the contributions of European, Israeli, and North American scholars.
This Cambridge release represents a major revision and expansion of the French edition, L'Hermeneutique de l'innovation: Canon et exegese dans l'Israel biblique, nearly doubling its length with extensive content and offering alternative perspectives on debates about canonicity, textual authority, and authorship.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 236 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 04/08/2008
- ISBN: 9780521513449