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The History of Research on the Covenant Code

John Van Seters

in A Law Book for the Diaspora

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153156
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195153154.003.0002
The History of Research on the Covenant Code

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In a review of past research on the Covenant Code, this chapter addresses the relationship of the code to the E source of the Documentary Hypothesis and the use of form criticism of law and tradition history as arguments for the primitive character of this law code. It examines the more recent studies of redaction criticism that treat the Covenant Code as an originally independent entity with a long development. And it considers the various evolutionist/typological and historical/diffusionist methods of comparison between this biblical code and similar Near Eastern codes as arguments for the Covenant Code's early date. This review concludes that all these approaches have failed to establish the priority of the Covenant Code in the development of Hebrew law.

Keywords: E source; evolutionist/typological; form criticism; historical/diffusionist; Near Eastern codes; redaction criticism; tradition history

Chapter.  23976 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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