An Anthology of Byzantine Poetry by B. Baldwin

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There are two ways of looking at Deuteronomy, then. One way sees it as "packaged prophetism": 4 the attempt to reduce prophecy to the words of a unified canon of the law and a closed book. Prophecy is actually shut down by such an action, since Deuteronomy does not expect to be added to, and since the history it encompasses and alludes to possesses a kind of closure of its own. The only prophet God can raise up after Deuteronomy is another copy of Deuteronomy. 5 For there is a kind of prophet, represented by Hosea, who is specifically the champion of the covenant.

But there is necessarily a grain of truth in the accusation: Baruch's written descriptions of Jeremiah must indeed entail the scribe's putting words into his principal character's mouth. There are two ways of looking at Deuteronomy, then. One way sees it as "packaged prophetism": 4 the attempt to reduce prophecy to the words of a unified canon of the law and a closed book. Prophecy is actually shut down by such an action, since Deuteronomy does not expect to be added to, and since the history it encompasses and alludes to possesses a kind of closure of its own.

Next page > < previous page page_24 next page > Page 24 the promulgations of Josiah and Ezra. Second Kings 22-23 reports Josiah's public reading of a book of the covenant in words that renew the speech-forms of this Mosaicizing text: And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.

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