By Joel S. Kaminsky
This e-book explores quite a few biblical texts as a way to make clear and higher comprehend the connection among the person and the group in historic Israel. even if a lot of the argument is targeted upon Deuteronomy and the deuteronomistic historical past, different pentateuchal and prophetic texts also are probed. particularly, convinced circumstances of divine retribution which are company in nature are explored, and it's argued that such punishments are very common and fully comprehensible of the elemental theological rules which are operative in such situations. The exam turns to different biblical texts that seem to reject the inspiration of company divine retribution (e.g., Ezekiel 18). the following the point of interest is on no matter if those texts do in truth reject all varieties of company divine retribution and the way huge a shift those texts sign within the biblical figuring out of the connection among the person and the group. eventually, Kaminsky asserts that definite theological positive factors explored during this examine can be utilized through these students who argue that the enlightenment notion of individualism should be balanced via a renewed philosophical and theological emphasis at the individual's accountability to the bigger society.
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2223a in which God removed the people of Israel from his presence because they walked in all the sins of Jeroboam. 2b-3 is modelled on the earlier passage in ch. 17. If this is true, it raises doubts about whether the passage in ch. 24 intended to focus exclusively on Manasseh, or whether it is just shorthand for the longer formula found in ch. 17 which places a good deal of the blame on the monarch, but also recognizes the guilt of the populace who followed their leader's footsteps. But even if O'Brien is wrong about his hypothesis that there is a 28.
18. 37, attributes all of the passages that we are examining in this chapter to the hand of an exilic editor. Provan, Hezekiah, pp. 117-31 and 144-55. 19. Cross, Canaanite Myth, p. 286. 20. Nelson, The Double Redaction, p. 67. Also see O'Brien, Deuteronomistic History, pp. 227-34. 36 Corporate Responsibility in the Hebrew Bible earlier time. Our interest in this passage centers on vv. 10-15. 2. 14 in which the Judahites will be plunder in the hands of their enemies. 2 use almost identical language in describing 'the word of the Lord that he spoke by means of his servants the prophets'.
If O'Brien's hypothesis proved true it would bolster my hypothesis for the existence of texts that speak about the transference of sins between a ruler and his population because it would prove that there was a distinct stratum in which Manasseh alone was blamed for Judah's downfall. Unfortunately, the evidence for the existence of such a stratum is rather tenuous. Although O'Brien's triple redaction theory does recognize and account for certain textual nuances that the advocates of the double redaction theory tend to gloss over, it is plagued by many of the same difficulties that cast doubt on the double redaction theory.
Corporate Responsibility in the Hebrew Bible (The Library of Hebrew Bible - Old Testament Studies) by Joel S. Kaminsky