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Title: Approaches to the 'Chosen Place': Accessing a Biblical Concept
Author: Thelle, Rannfrid I
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780567468079
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
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Deuteronomy's command to restrict cultic practice to one "chosen place" has occupied a central position in scholars' understandings of the book and their reconstruction of Israelite political and religious history. The debates about the date of Deuteronomy, its proposed connections to "Josiah's reform", and, most profoundly, the "Deuteronomistic History (DH) hypothesis" have dominated study of the idea of "chosen place". These debates have, to a large extent, determined how we read Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets in general. Through a reading of key texts from these corpora, this book provides a new, textually grounded, perspective of the "chosen place."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Chosen Place and Chosen City
Chapter 3: 'Centralization' in Deuteronomy 12
Chapter 4: 'Jerusalem' in the Former Prophets
Chapter 5: The Cultic Context of the 'Chosen Place'
Chapter 6: 'Centralization' and the Story of Josiah's Reform: Is Deuteronomy 12 Central to Josiah?
Chapter 7: Divine Election as a Principle of Authority
Chapter 8: Kings Revisited: Kingship in Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets
Chapter 9: Conclusions