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By Rob Barrett

The aim of the paintings is a heuristic studying approach for a latest reader to interact with YHWH's threats opposed to Israel in Deuteronomy. This aim is entire in 3 steps. First, the biblical textual content is taken into account via shut examining to parent the good judgment of YHWH's threats: what motivates the threats, what shape the threats take, and what impact the threats anticipate to provide. moment, a latest analogy is sought that the majority helpfully fits the constitution and good judgment saw within the biblical textual content. a few universal sleek analogies for the divine-human dating (e.g., parent-child, master-slave, husband-wife) are deemed unhelpful simply because they can not help the positive factors of the biblical development. notwithstanding, the threats of the trendy country opposed to those that threaten it are came upon to endure major resemblance. eventually, this analogy is built for every of numerous major passages of Deuteronomy.

In order to justify and substantiate the analogy, this ebook examines the spiritual and political heritage surrounding either Deuteronomy and the trendy country via ancient mirrored image. because there are major modifications among the religio-political events, sociological views are used to supply styles that may be utilized inside of either the traditional and sleek contexts.

Finally, even though the focal point of the paintings is on setting up an analogy among YHWH's threats and people of the trendy nation, the ebook dedicates one bankruptcy to discussing dis-analogous good points to prevent over-emphasizing the similarity among the two.

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