Concerning its literary form, Deuteronomy presents itself as a set of orations or farewell speeches delivered by Moses on the plans of Moab shortly before he dies. That is to say, the Deuteronomist uses speeches as a literary device to disseminate, and even authorize, his message. Historiography in the ancient world largely entailed crafting speeches and placing them in the mouths of great personalities and ancestors of the past. This literary technique was used to lend authority to the particular ideology and aims of an author by placing that ideology on the lips of a heroic ancestor, even a deity. The speech form thus allowed the Deuteronomist to express his own ideology and beliefs by making Moses the mouthpiece for them. Indeed, the Deuteronomist presents Moses as authoring the very text he is writing. We will see that the Priestly writer does the same thing when he sets out to … Read more
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Genesis 1 and the Creationism Debate:
Being Honest to the Text, Its Author, and His Beliefs
- Did Moses Lie to Us? A Textual Journey (Part III)
- Did Moses Lie to Us? A Textual Journey (Part II)
- Did Moses Lie to Us? A Textual Journey (Part 1)
- Genesis 1:1-2:3 on Its Own Terms and in Its Own Historical and Literary Context
- Genesis 1:1-2 — not a Creation ex nihilo
- Genesis 1:3-5 — Day is Light
- Genesis 1:6-8 — Life Inside a Water Bubble
- Genesis 1:9-10 — The Creation of the Material Substance Earth, Not the Planet!
- Genesis 1:14-19 — The Creation of the Luminaries to Keep Yahweh’s Festivals
- Genesis 1:24-28 — Mankind, More than just an Animal
- Genesis 2:2-3 — Sacred Time Embedded into the Creation
- Genesis 2:4b-25 on Its Own Terms and in Its Own Historical and Literary Context
- Genesis 2:4b — Observing Thematic and Stylistic Differences
- Genesis 2:5 — Man and Rain: Prerequisites to the Creation of Plants
- Genesis 2:6-7 — Yahweh Molds an Earthling!
- Genesis 2:18-20 — Man and the Animals from the Ground, Woman from Man
- Matthew’s Jesus and the Criterion of Righteousness
- Introduction to Forthcoming Contradictions in the Bible
- Style, Vocabulary, and Message
- The Book of Deuteronomy: A Brief Introduction
- Using Moses to Rewrite History
- The Bible’s Contradictory Stories and “Histories”
- How do we know that the biblical writers were not writing history?
- Ancient Stories and the Bible’s stories
- Genesis 1 and the Creationism Debate:
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