Reading Scripture in the Old Testament: Deuteronomy 9-10, 31, 2 Kings 22-23, Jeremiah 36, Nehemiah 8

Synopsis

This study concentrates on four narratives in the Old Testament in which books, especially the Book of the Torah, play a key role: Deuteronomy 9-10 and 31:24-26, 2 Kings 22-23, Jeremiah 36, and Nehemiah 8. In the first part of this book the composition of the texts are analysed. In the second part, which has the title Re-reading, the various connections and references are listed and evaluated. The conclusion is that the position of the Book of the Torah is strategic: it connects the component parts of the canon of the Old Testament into a whole. This study is a major contribution to the theology of the Old Testament, because it demonstrates how a detailed literary analysis may lead to a better understanding of the structure of the canon.