The Theologies of Commandment in Biblical Israel

  title={The Theologies of Commandment in Biblical Israel},
  author={Jǒn Douglas Levenson},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  • J. Levenson
  • Published 1980
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
Critical scholarship on the Hebrew Bible a hundred years ago held a much lower estimation of the role of law in the religion of ancient Israel and of the value of biblical law than do scholars today. Julius Wellhausen, for example, whose work was the most influential of the nineteeth century, maintained that in its creative period, Israel had no law, but only “usage and tradition” which “were looked on to a large extent as the institution of the Deity.” Thus, the prophets, whom Wellhausen… Expand
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  • 2015
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