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The Framework of 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/10.1093/0195153154.003.0003
The Framework of the Covenant Code

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This chapter pursues a literary analysis of the narrative context of the Covenant Code within the Sinai law‐giving episode and the code's relationship to, or original independence from, the Pentateuchal sources of that context. The opening laws, the prohibition of divine images, and the law of the altar are discussed as part of the code's framework and in comparison with similar laws in Deuteronomy. The epilogue in Exod 23:20–33 is compared with its parallel in Deut 7 and special attention is given to the “messenger” motif and its place in the wider biblical context. The analysis in this chapter concludes that the Covenant Code belongs to the Yahwist as an integral part of his larger Pentateuchal corpus.

Keywords: epilogue; law of the altar; messenger; narrative context; opening laws; prohibition of divine images; Sinai; Yahwist

Chapter.  22793 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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