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This inaugural volume in the series, Themes and Issues in Biblical Studies, provides readers with informed presentations of a range of current debates concerning Deuteronomy as well as key themes and their implications. The contributors challenge a number of long-standing hypotheses and propose alternative options. E-publication of individual chapters will precede printing of the finalized collection. The volume includes issues such as the proposed influence of Esarhaddon’s Succession adê on Deuteronomy 13 and 12; berît as treaty, covenant, or instructions; Deuteronomy in dialogue with ancient Near Eastern law collections; reconceived Yahwism; Torah as a tool of propaganda and hegemony adapted from Persian dāta; characteristics of the Samaritan version of Deuteronomy; the possible Samarian input into the composition of Deuteronomy; and the influence of Deuteronomy on the final shape of the psalter. Themes examined include: geographical dimensions of the book; parenting; economic dimensions of the book; ethnicity and power; pedagogy; Moses as master scribe; pragmatism, utopia and dystopia in the book; ethics; the use of Deuteronomy in the New Testament; and war regulations in light of current military philosophy.

This volume will be first published online and then as a print book. Chapters 1, 2 and 4-12 published 2022. Chapters 15 and 17 published 2023. Chapter 18 published 2024.

Table of Contents:
1. Saying Goodbye to the Theory of the Influence of Esarhaddon’s Succession Adê on Deuteronomy 13 and 28
Diana V. Edelman
2. The Role of The Oath-Bound Agreement (Berît) in the Book of Deuteronomy
Diana V. Edelman
3. Deuteronomy in Dialogue with Ancient Near Eastern Law Collections
Megan B. Turton
4. Geographical Dimensions of the Book of Deuteronomy
Diana V. Edelman
5. Ethnic Israel and Power in Deuteronomy
Kåre Berge
6. Basic Tools to Figure Out the Economy of Deuteronomy 12–26
Philippe Guillaume
7. Yhwh (ha)Elohim and a Reconceived Yahwism in the Book of Deuteronomy
Diana V. Edelman
8. Master Scribe and Forefather of a Scribal Guild: Moses in Deuteronomy
Benedetta Rossi
9. Between Self-Legitimation and Propaganda: Torah in Deuteronomy
Benedetta Rossi
10. Deuteronomy's Fearsome "Pedagogy"
Kåre Berge
11. Pragmatic, Utopian and Dystopian Deuteronomy
Philippe Guillaume
12. Deuteronomic Parenting
Philippe Guillaume
13. So Deuteronomy's a Utopia. So What? (title not final)
Madhavi Nevader
14. The Role of Deuteronomy in the Pentateuch
Richard D. Nelson
15. Deuteronomy: The Samaritan Version
Sidnie White Crawford
16. Was There Samarian Input into the Composition or Contents of Deuteronomy?
Diana V. Edelman
17. Deuteronomy's Ethics
Georg Braulik
18. Deuteronomy’s Influence on the Formation of the Psalter
Bernard Gosse
19. The Use of Deuteronomy in the New Testament (title not final)
Augustine Mensah
20. The Influence of Deuteronomy in Christianity in Ghana (title not final)
Augustine Mensah

Published: Jul 1, 2025

Series


Section Chapter Authors
Chapter 1
Saying Goodbye to the Theory of the Influence of Esarhaddon’s Succession Adê on Deuteronomy 13 and 28 Diana Edelman
Chapter 2
The Role of The Oath-Bound Agreement (Berît) in the Book of Deuteronomy Diana Edelman
Chapter 4
Geographical Dimensions of the Book of Deuteronomy Diana Edelman
Chapter 5
Ethnic Israel and Power in Deuteronomy Kåre Berge
Chapter 6
Basic Tools to Figure Out the Economy of Deuteronomy 12–26 Philippe Guillaume
Chapter 7
Yhwh (ha)Elohim and a Reconceived Yahwism in the Book of Deuteronomy Diana Edelman
Chapter 8
Master Scribe and Forefather of a Scribal Guild: Moses in Deuteronomy Benedetta Rossi
Chapter 9
Between Self-Legitimation and Propaganda: Torah in Deuteronomy Benedetta Rossi
Chapter 10
Deuteronomy's Fearsome "Pedagogy" Kåre Berge
Chapter 11
Pragmatic, Utopian and Dystopian Deuteronomy Philippe Guillaume
Chapter 12
Deuteronomic Parenting Philippe Guillaume
Chapter 15
Deuteronomy: The Samaritan Version Sidnie White Crawford
Chapter 17
Deuteronomy's Ethics Georg Braulik
Chapter 18
Deuteronomy’s Influence on the Formation of the Psalter Bernard Gosse