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The Neo‐Assyrian origins of the canon formula in Deuteronomy 13:1

Bernard M. Levinson

in Scriptural Exegesis

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199206575
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191709678 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0003
The Neo‐Assyrian origins of the canon formula in Deuteronomy 13:1

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This chapter investigates the so-called ‘canon formula’ found in Deut 13:1. The prohibitions against disloyalty in Esarhaddon's Succession Treaty (VTE § 10) have previously been recognized as an influence upon the Deuteronomic apostasy series (Deut 13:2-12). A similar origin for the canon formula of Deut 13:1 is proposed as part of the larger project of creative literary reworking. The implication of this model is that the canon formula, in form-critical terms, represents part of the adjuration to loyalty found in the literary model of the adê.

Keywords: Michael Fishbane; biblical text; Neo-Assyrian texts; Succession Treaty

Chapter.  8490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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