This interdisciplinary number of essays at the promulgation of the Pentateuch and its popularity as authoritative Torah comprises contributions from overseas experts at the Hebrew Bible, lifeless Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Samaritan historical past, colonial concept, Mediterranean reports, the Elephantine Island texts, and comparative felony background.
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8 The judgment, long after Iranology came to it, has thus also been pronounced in the ﬁeld of Old Testament scholarship. The Pentateuch (this is the conclusion) is not the result of Persian “midwifery” but rather of Jewish scribal scholarship during the Persian era. 6. Eckart Otto, “Kritik der Pentateuchkomposition,” TRu 60 (1995) 163–91 (at 169 n. 5); idem, “Die nachpriesterschriftliche Pentateuchredaktion im Buch Exodus,” in Studies in the Book of Exodus: Redaction—Reception—Interpretation (ed.
41. Blum, Studien zur Komposition des Pentateuch, 358 (parentheses in original; brackets added). Similarly, p. 360 and n. 96 there. See also idem, “Esra,” 235–46. The Persian Imperial Authorization as a Historical Problem 35 combine diametrically opposed positions, this has not led biblical scholars to conclude that the combination could only have occurred as a result of external pressure. Some passages from the prophetic books provide especially clear examples of this. The process of innerbiblical reinterpretation often leads to theologically conﬂicting statements.
23. Idem, “Persian Imperial Authorization,” 36. 24. ” 44. 25. On the relation between the satraps and the king of kings, see Pierre Briant, From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2000) 338–47. For this question, see especially Klinkott, Satrap, 134. As a rule, satraps were in charge of legal matters; the king of kings could get involved at any point if the local population appealed to him (Briant, From Cyrus to Alexander, 345). 26. Frei, “Persian Imperial Authorization,” 9–12.