Retelling the Torah: the Deuteronomistic historian's use of Tetrateuchal narratives
The Deuteronomistic Historian patterned more than four dozen of his narratives after those in Genesis-Numbers. The stories that make up Genesis-Numbers were indelibly impressed on the Deuteronomistic Historian's mind, to such and extent that in Deuteronomy-Kings he tells the stories of the nation through the lens of Genesis-Numbers. John Harvey discusses the eight criteria which may be used as evidence that the given stories in Deuteronomy-Kings were based on those in Genesis-Numbers. Retelling the Torah, the first book to focus on these parallel narratives, contains far-reaching implications for Hebrew Bible scholarship.
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The Genesis of the Parallel Narratives
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Aaron Abihu Abraham account in Deuteronomy account in Numbers Amnon argued ark narrative assumed knowledge Balaam Biblical Caleb Canaan Chapter circumcision command concerns conclusion conquest corresponding Tetrateuchal accounts criterion Danites daughter David deliverance Deut Deuteronomy 1-3 direction of dependence Dtr based Dtr drew Dtr patterned Dtr's Dtr's Torah DtrH Edom Egypt Egyptians Elijah Esau evident Exod Exodus Exodus story fathers Former Prophets Genesis Genesis 18 Gibeah Gideon given Tetrateuchal accounts Hadad Hebrew incongruity instances Isaac Israel Israelites Jacob Jeroboam Josh Joshua Judges 19 king Laban Laish layer Levite Lord Lord's messengers Moab Moses motif Nabal Nadab Numbers 11 occurs parallel narratives parallels shared Pharaoh Philistines Phinehas plagues narrative promised land proposed direction Rahab rape redactional reference Rehoboam rejection Samuel 25 Saul Saul's schemata Seters share parallels Shechem Sihon similarly Sodom Solomon spies struck Tamar Tetrateuchal accounts texts Torah traditions Transjordan verbal parallels Whereas wilderness