We had a needed time of thawing out on our January vacation. Now I am back to the cold and ready to do some blogging. I have been reading Brian Neil Peterson’s The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History: Locating a Tradition in Ancient Israel.
Peterson casts his book as a “Whodunit”.
Martin Noth, in 1943, published his study of the Former Prophets, that is the narrative books from Joshua to 2 Kings (excluding Ruth). Noth’s influential theory is that these books all reflect the theology of someone or some group in the 6th century reflecting on the reason God allowed Israel and Judah to fall to the Assyrians and Babylonians. The Book of Deuteronomy is a covenant with blessings and curses. The explanation for God’s judgment on Samaria, Jerusalem, and the house of David is found in God’s people repeatedly breaking that covenant.
Noth labeled the sixth-century editor or…
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