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Reading Law : The Rhetorical Shaping -  Watts

Reading Law

The Rhetorical Shaping

By: Watts

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9781850759973

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Watts here argues that conventions of oral rhetoric were adapted to shape the literary form and contents of the Pentateuch. The large-scale structure-stories introducing lists of laws that conclude with divine sanctions-reproduces a common ancient strategy for persuasion. The laws' use of direct address, historical motivations and frequent repetitions serve rhetorical ends, and even the legal contradictions seem designed to appeal to competing constituencies. The instructional speeches of God and Moses reinforce the persuasive appeal by characterizing God as a just ruler and Moses as a faithful scribe. The Pentateuch was designed to persuade Persian-period Judaeans that this Torah should define their identity as Israel.

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Abbreviationsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
Readingp. 15
Public Readingsp. 15
The Possibility of Law Readingsp. 22
The Probability of Law Readingsp. 24
Writing Law for Public Readingp. 29
Rhetoricp. 32
Rhetoric in Biblical Studiesp. 33
The Rhetoric of Story, List and Divine Sanctionp. 36
Pentateuchal Rhetoricp. 49
Instructionp. 61
Addressp. 62
Motivationp. 65
Repetitionp. 68
Variationp. 73
Narrationp. 84
Commandmentp. 89
YHWH as Law-Giverp. 91
Moses as Law-Speakerp. 109
Command and Audiencep. 121
Lawp. 131
Law and Religionp. 134
The Composition of the Pentateuchp. 147
The Extent and Genre of the Pentateuchp. 153
The Meaning of Torahp. 157
Postscript on Rhetorical Ethicsp. 162
Bibliographyp. 168
Index of Referencesp. 179
Index of Authorsp. 185
Index of Selected Topicsp. 188
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ISBN: 9781850759973
ISBN-10: 1850759979
Series: Biblical Seminar (Paperback)
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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