The Economy of Deuteronomy's Core
The Economy of Deuteronomy’s Core contributes to the current debate over the date and purpose of the biblical book of Deuteronomy to advance the discussion beyond the Josianic hypothesis of Wilhelm M. L. de Wette that has dominated the field for the last two centuries. It is the first comprehensive analysis and synthesis of the economy of the laws of Deuteronomy 12-26. Three major institutions are identified: the local autonomous settlement (“your gates”), the yearly gathering of all Israel to eat and drink joyfully in front of YHWH (“the Place”), and a guild-like brotherhood involving Israelite, Edomite and third generation Egyptian associates (“qehal-YHWH”).
Grounded in the text itself, The Economy of Deuteronomy’s Core reads Deuteronomy 12–26 in light of what we know about Ancient Near Eastern economies. The results open new horizons regarding the origins of the Deuteronomic laws.
Published: Oct 1, 2022
|Foreword and Acknowledgements||Philippe Guillaume|
|Part I: Reading Deuteronomy 12-26 Economically|
|1. Expenses and Incomes||Philippe Guillaume|
|2. Deuteronomy’s Economic Actors: Beyond a Single People of Brothers||Philippe Guillaume|
|3. Three Institutions and their Interplay: Beyond the Temple of Jerusalem||Philippe Guillaume|
|Part II: Focusing on Tithes|
|4. Yearly Tithes for Whom and How Much?||Philippe Guillaume|
|5. Claiming a Greater Share of Deuteronomic Tithes||Philippe Guillaume|
|6. Outlines of an Older Deuteronomic Core||Philippe Guillaume|
|Part III: Probing the History of the Deuteronomic Core|
|7. Urdeuteronomium After de Wette||Philippe Guillaume|