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Book: The Hunt for Ancient Israel

Chapter: Shibboleth: Folklore and Redaction-History

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41637


The famous Shibboleth-Episode combines features of historical record, popular tradition, redaction history of the Deuteronomistic History and theological motifs such as justice in case of mass murder and the divine war-motif. This contribution intends to unfold these different layers of the present text in order to demonstrate the development of a section of the book of Judges that is of special significance until today.

Chapter Contributors

  • Christoph Levin ( - clevin) 'University of Munich'