Journal of Hebrew Scriptures – Volume 11: Article 15
Jeffrey Stackert, "Compositional Strata in the Priestly
Sabbath: Exodus 31:12-17 and 35:1-3"
This article challenges the conclusions of recent studies
that have attributed the entirety of Exodus 31:12–17 and
35:1–3 either to a Holiness (H) author or another
post-Priestly author. It offers a new redactional analysis
of these Sabbath texts, arguing that each contains an
earlier Priestly (P) stratum that was subsequently expanded
by H. It identifies a P stratum by giving close attention to
the narrative features in these pericopes and their
participation in the larger historical claims of P.
Attention to such narrative qualities is then usefully
combined with stylistic and theological elements to identify
the secondary stratum in these units as an H composition.
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Also, I am glad to announce the following reviews in the
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures:
1. Ballhorn, Egbert, Israel am Jordan: Narrative
Topographie im Buch Josua (BBB, 162; Bonn: Bonn University
Press im Verlag Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011). (Reviewed by
Ernst Axel Knauf).
2. Evans, Paul S., The Invasion of Sennacherib in the Book
of Kings: A Source-Critical and Rhetorical Study of 2 Kings
18–19 (VTSup, 125; Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2009).
(Reviewed by Gordon Oeste).
3. Weeks, Stuart, An Introduction to the Study of Wisdom
Literature (T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies; London
and New York: T&T Clark, 2010). (Reviewed by Scott C.
4. Sommer, Benjamin D., The Bodies of God and the World of
Ancient Israel (New York: Cambridge, 2009). (Reviewed by J.
5. Halpern, Baruch, From Gods to God: The Dynamics of Iron
Age Cosmologies (ed. M. J. Adams; FAT, 63; Tübingen: Mohr
Siebeck, 2009). (Reviewed by Nathan MacDonald).
6. Yasur-Landau, Assaf, Jennie R. Ebeling, and Laura B.
Mazow (eds.) Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and
Beyond (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, 50;
Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2011). (Reviewed by Cynthia
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