Like Unto Moses: The Constituting of an Interruption by James Nohrnberg

By James Nohrnberg

"This exhaustive and significant learn of the which means of Moses within the Bible demonstrates conclusively 'the Mosaicization of the canon'... Nohrnberg possesses a striking typological mind's eye. No precis can do justice to the sheer brilliance of the congruities and disparities he discovers on each page." -- magazine of Religion"LIKE UNTO MOSES proposes a chain of tough views on theprocess of canon-formation within the Bible. James Nohrnberg's skill totrace connections between diverse components of the biblical corpus isunflaggingly creative, occasionally provocative, and infrequently deeplyinstructive." -- Robert Alter"... an insightful examine of the traditions of Moses within the Bible." -- Choice"This is a formidably argued, huge book.... it's additionally definitely the main refined ebook on Moses and the most subtle readings of the Bible which i've got ever had the excitement of reading.... i believe it's a amazing success and might suggest it to each reader of the Bible." -- R. P. Carroll, The Society for previous testomony examine booklet ListThe Moses of the Bible is a veiled determine who exists either inside and out the textual content which describes and defines him. "Moses" is a production of Israelite literary and scriptural culture, an ideological build, a reinvented reminiscence, a projection of what Israel needed to work out in Moses. Nohrnberg examines the texts of "Moses" for his or her illustration of the tradition's self-doubt and its revisionary, "deuteronomic" content material.

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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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