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Politics

The Tribe of Gad and The Mesha Stele

Prof.

Aaron Koller

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Jehoshaphat's Judicial Reform

How the Book of Chronicles updates and reinterprets Deuteronomy

Dr.

Yigal Levin

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Parry Moshe

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Politics as Religion in Jeremiah

Dr.

Ari Mermelstein

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Inventing the Mythic Amorite Kingdom of Sihon

Inserting the Amorites into Transjordan to manage a Conflict between Cousins

Dr.

Rachel Havrelock

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Redacting the Relationship to the Transjordanian Tribes

Numbers 32 combines two versions of how Gad and Reuven receive Moses’ permission to settle the Transjordan. The non-Priestly story emphasizes fraternity and kinship, while the Priestly version emphasizes law and obedience to YHWH. By synthesizing them, the redactor suggests that law can serve as a pillar around which the Israelite community can coalesce.

Dr.

Jacob L. Wright

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