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By Pekka Pitkänen

This publication offers the 1st significant reinvestigation and reinterpretation of the background of centralization of worship in historic Israel considering the fact that de Wette and Wellhausen within the 19th century. according to those students' vintage interpretation of the historical past and theology of centralization of worship in historical Israel, outdated testomony scholarship has so far trusted the consensus that the publication of Deuteronomy is the made from overdue monarchic Judah (7th century BC). Pitkanen areas the biblical fabric in its archaeological and historic close to jap context and can pay exact awareness to rhetorical research. After analyzing the Pentateuchal altar legislation and the function of the primary sanctuary throughout the premonarchical interval within the biblical assets, the writer concludes that Shiloh was once the important sanctuary for many of the premonarchical interval. despite the fact that, the tested resources point out that there has been no significant sanctuary, and no centralization requirement in the course of the earliest days of the cost within the land of Israel, nor after the lack of the ark to the Philistines at Aphek (1 Sam 4). Combining those insights with literary and rhetorical research of the e-book of Joshua, the writer means that the publication of Joshua, in addition to its resources (such as Deuteronomy) could have originated as early as sooner than the catastrophe of Aphek and the rejection of Shiloh.

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One’s interpretation of these matters hinges on one’s view of the written materials of the Old Testament, including their dating. 72 On the other hand, specifically, I will not try to solve archaeological problems relating to the early history of Israel. Certainly, the early history of Israel has in many ways been a subject of heated debate in the past, and continues to be a problem in the present as well. This is above all because there is no direct archaeological proof of a conquest73 either in the 13th or the 15th century BC.

10 10 CENTRAL SANCTUARY knew Deuteronomy, he may have had a logically consistent reason for not criticizing Samuel for sacrificing at bamoth. If one nevertheless asserts that the Elijah narrative of 1 Ki 18 was set in the books of Kings without thought, one ends up with the following circular argument: (A) The concept of centralization was created only during the time of Josiah. Therefore, any material in the books of Kings (and similarly, in any other book) which attests the concerns of centralization must be contemporaneous with or later than the time of Josiah, and any material which does not attest centralization must be earlier than the time of Josiah.

3-51. 20 20 CENTRAL SANCTUARY used at all for reconstructing the history of Israel before the exile. L. P. R. 76 Keeping these considerations in mind, how are we to justify a study which will examine textual evidence about the early history of Israel? First of all, it has to be noted that one can study the picture that texts give without any regard to their historicity, and this will be a main starting point for the present work. I will concentrate on the picture that the Old Testament documents themselves build about the early history of Israel.

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