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Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel, Hardback Book

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:
  • ISBN: 9780521513449



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