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Deuteronomy in the Second Temple period: Law and its developing interpretation

Simon Paganini
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 2 | a800 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i2.800 | © 2013 Simon Paganini | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 October 2012 | Published: 04 September 2013


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Abstract

A fulfilled ethical life is a desire that in Israel is closely integrated with the observance of laws and legal instructions. The specific way, in which this aspect is concretised, is not the fundamental aspect for the biblical authors. In Pentateuch there are in fact a lot of legal codes. In prophetical writings these are often called into question and in the Second Temple period there are also attempts to correct biblical legislation, which are not in our biblical canon like the qumranic Temple Scroll. The differences between legal codes in the Bible and in the writings of the Second Temple period are above all witnesses that it is possible to correct, to interpret, to actualise and to rewrite laws, which remains authoritative for the people or for a part of it.


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