This volume is a revised version of the author’s Habilitationsschrift (University of Innsbruck). Considering both methodology and textual basis, the first part (1-30) lays the foundation for the overall theses of the book. P. claims that TS did not know any Vorlage other than the biblical book of Deuteronomy—and in a version similar to today’s Masoretic Text at that (29, cf. 260 and passim ). In the second part (31-238), sixteen texts are analysed in order to verify the general thesis. These passages of the TS are compared with the book of Deuteronomy, in the versions of the Masoretic Text, of the Septuagint (P. seems to follow Rahlfs’ text), and of the witnesses from Qumran. According to my opinion, it is the strongest part of the thesis, because it offers several new insights. The general procedural method of TS (219) is to further define, differentiate, and sometimes concretize the biblical commandments. Hence, legislation within TS appears to be an autonomous interpretation of the respective biblical text (233). In the third and most important part (239-301), the author deals with systematic questions. He focus on the methodology of the reception of Deuteronomic law within the TS, especially on the
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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