The death of deaths in the death of Israel: Deuteronomy's theology of exile
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SubjectBible.--O.T.--Deuteronomy--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Judaism--History--Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.
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This dissertation examines the theme of exile in Deuteronomy. Chapter 1 discusses the history of research of Deuteronomy as it relates to both the Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic History, and the history of research of exile as a theological topic in Old and New Testament studies. Chapter 2 examines the vocabulary for exile and restoration in Deuteronomy. Here, the notion of exile as the death of Israel is grounded in the terminology of the text. Chapters 3 and 4 examine the theme of exile in Deuteronomy. Chapter 3 examines the major texts (Deut 4:25-31; 28:58-68; 30:1-10) and their immediate contexts. Chapter 4 surveys the rest of Deuteronomy, and includes exploration of the macrostructure of the book. These chapters show that exile is a pervasive and significant theme in the book. Chapter 5 summarizes the theological dimensions of exile and related themes. It is shown that the theme of exile is interrelated with many of the major theological themes and tensions in the book. Chapter 6 concludes the study with observations on the major contributions of the study and proposals for further investigation. This work contends that Deuteronomy presents exile as the death of Israel. Also, this theme overshadows the entire book. Therefore, the theology of exile must be taken into account to understand rightly the theology of the book in general.