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Kenneth Bergland, Reading as a Disclosure of the Thoughts of the Heart. Proto-Halakhic Reuse and Appropriation between Torah and the Prophets, Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte 23, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2019, XVI + 362 p. (ISBN 978-3-447-11210-9)

Benedetta Rossi

Pages 332 - 337



1 See Fishbane's “legal” and “aggadic exegesis” (Michael Fishbane, Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel, Oxford: Clarendon, 1985), including the concepts of complementing, replacement or superseding (briefly hinted at by Bergland in ch.1; pp. 13–14) or, recently, the labels of authority or prestige (e.g. Dalit Rom-Shiloni, “Prophets in Jeremiah in Struggle over Leadership or Rather over Prophetic Authority?”, Bib. 99 [2018] 351–372; Nathan Mastnjak, “Authority, Prestige and Jeremiah's Bible”, JR 98 [2018] 542–558) employed to clarify the relation between Torah and prophets.

2 See Jonathan Vroom, The Authority of Law in the Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism: Tracing the Origins of Legal Obligations from Ezra to Qumran (SJSJ 187; Leiden – Boston, MA: Brill, 2018).

3 See among others Juha Pakkala, God's Word Omitted. Omissions in the Transmission of the Hebrew Bible (FRLANT 251; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013).

4 See Eckart Otto, Deuteronomium 1–11 (HThKAT; Freiburg i.B.: Herder, 2011) passim; Idem, “Tora für eine neue Generation in Dtn 4. Die hermeneutische Theologie des Numeruswechsels in Deuteronomium 4,1–40” in Deuteronomium – Tora für eine neue Generation (eds. Georg Fischer, Dominik Markl, and Simone Paganini) (BZAR 17; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011) 105–122.

5 See Olivier Glanz, Understanding Participant-reference Shifts in the Book of Jeremiah: A Study of Exegetical Method and Its Consequences for the Interpretation of Referential Incoherence (SSN 60; Leiden – Boston, MA: Brill, 2013), 344–345.

6 See Eckart Otto, Deuteronomium 4,44–11,32 (HThKAT; Freiburg i.B.: Herder, 2012), 741.

7 The importance of discourses lying behind textual cross-references is stressed by Raik Heckl, Neuanfang und Kontinuität in Jerusalem. Studien zu den hermeneutischen Strategien im Esra-Nehemia-Buch (FAT 104; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016), 14–26.

8 See Vroom, Authority, 200.

9 See Benedetta Rossi, “Authority, Prestige or Subversion? Contrastive Attitudes Towards the Law Code of Deuteronomy in Jeremiah” in: Deuteronomy in the Making: Studies in the Production of Debarim (eds. Diana Edelman, Kåre Berge, Philippe Guillaume and Benedetta Rossi), BZAW 533, Berlin: de Gruyter (forthcoming).

10 See Wilhelm Rudolph, Jeremia (HAT 12; Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 31968) 50; William Holladay, Jeremiah 1: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah Chapters 1–25 (Hermeneia; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986) 235.


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