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Three Times a Year. Studies on Festival Legislation in the Pentateuch
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2012. XIII, 277 S. = Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 82. Lw. EUR 84,00. ISBN 978-3-16-150980-3.
Karl William Weyde
The aim of this study by Shimon Gesundheit is to present »the his-tory of cultic literature in Israel« and »not […] the development of the Israelite cultus« (229). The rationale for this is that ever since the days of Wellhausen, scholars have paid more attention to the cultic, theological, and social developments of the festival institutions than to the festival laws and the relationship between them, and there is still a need for clarifying many of the difficulties arising from the festival lists themselves. The book is thus written from a literary-critical perspective in order to shed new light on the history of the literary crystallization of the Pentateuchal festival laws (1–4).
This approach is also motivated by the crisis of recent research on the Pentateuch: No ...
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