Immigrants and Innovative Law
Deuteronomy's Theological and Social Vision for the ??
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Publisher: JCB Mohr (Paul Siebeck)
Number of Pages: 310
Width: 23.2 cm
Height: 15.6 cm
Mark A. Awabdy provides a nuanced and extensive understanding of the noun ?? ( ger, engl. immigrant) in the book of Deuteronomy (D). He argues that a precise reconstruction of the historical referents of D's ger is impossible and has led scholars to misread or overlook literary, theological, and sociological determinants. By analyzing D's ger texts and contexts, evidence emerges for: the non-Israelite and non-Judahite origins of D's ger ; the distinction between the ger in D's prologue-epilogue and legal core; and the different meanings and origins of D's "ger -in-Egypt" and "'ebed -in-Egypt" formulae. Awabdy further contends that D's revision of Exodus' Decalogue and Covenant Code and independence from H reveal D's tendencies to accommodate the ger and interface the ger with YHWH's redemption of Israel. He concludes by defining how D integrates the ger into the community of YHWH's people.