By Assnat Bartor

Casuistic or case legislation within the Pentateuch bargains with actual human affairs; each one case legislations involves a compressed tale which can inspire reader engagement with likely dry criminal textual content. This publication is the 1st to provide an interpretive technique integrating biblical legislations, jurisprudence, and literary idea, reflecting the present legislation and literature tuition inside felony stories. It identifies the narrative parts that exist within the legislation of the Pentateuch, exposes the narrative ideas hired by way of the authors, and discovers the poetics of biblical legislation, hence revealing new or formerly unconsidered points of the connection among legislation and narrative within the Bible.

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So it would seem. His anger is a response not only to the addressee’s conduct toward the weak, but also to his attitude toward him, the lawgiver; the violation of an explicit commandment is a rude insult to his authority. 25 However, his elaboration of the blatant implications of the punishment in a direct address (“and your wives 24. The victims’ outcry to YHWH and his response (or lack thereof) appear, for instance, in Gen 4:10; Exod 2:23; Deut 15:9; Hab 1:2; and Job 19:7. According to Hans Jochen Boecker, the outcry reflects an actual custom where the victim of an injustice turned for redress to whoever was authorized to carry out justice, namely, the king, as described, for example, in 2 Kgs 6:16; 8:3 (see Hans J.

12 So much for the dependence of the 10. ; Watts, Reading Law, 123. 11. On the different functions fulfilled by embedded stories in relation to the frame story, see Barth, “Tales within Tales,” 56–57; Rimmon-Kenan, Narrative Fiction, 92–94. 12. The analogy to One Thousand and One Nights is, of course, a contrastive analogy: whereas the role of the laws is to ensure the survival of their addressees, Scheherazade’s stories are meant to preserve her life as the narrator. THE LAWS OF THE PENTATEUCH AS “EMBEDDED STORIES” 21 frame story on the embedded laws.

But the phrase Kyny(l (“in your sight”), used by the lawgiver in the 36. ” 37. The law of corporal punishment poses an exception to the other laws and therefore will be treated separately. 38 Hence, the concluding clause, which only explains why the degree of punishment must be restricted, casts a new light on the events. Suddenly we are made aware that the addressee is present during the judicial process, or at least at its conclusion, and we ask ourselves, to what end? Executing the punishment in the addressee’s presence, in public, is designed to achieve one of the goals of punishment—deterrence.

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