How Old Is the Song of Deborah?

  title={How Old Is the Song of Deborah?},
  author={Serge Frolov},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  pages={163 - 184}
  • S. Frolov
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
The article challenges the conventional view of the Song of Deborah (Judg. 5.2-31a) as an originally independent composition from the pre-monarchic period (twelfth or eleventh century BCE). Based on a comprehensive examination of the fragment’s internal parameters (grammar, syntax, vocabulary, intertextual links, outlook, and agenda) as well as of the external conditions of its production and circulation, the article argues that the Song of Deborah best qualifies as a late pre-exilic, exilic… 
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