Approaches to the 'Chosen Place': Accessing a Biblical Concept

Author(s): Rannfrid I. Thelle


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."


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The book shows how the "chosen place" has been held captive by scholarly assumptions when being viewed through the optic of the DH hypothesis.

Rannfrid Thelle is an independent scholar working in Wichita, Kansas. Her background is from the University of Oslo and she has previously published, Ask God: Divine Consultation in the Literature of the Hebrew Bible (Peter Lang, 2002).

Acknowledgements Abbreviations 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 Bibliography Index

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  • : 9780567547149
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • : June 2013
  • : books

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  • : Rannfrid I. Thelle
  • : Paperback
  • : 256