A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion

ISBN : 9780199336456

Jeffrey Stackert
256 Pages
162 x 242 mm
Pub date
Aug 2014
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Jeffrey Stackert addresses two of the oldest and most persistent problems in biblical studies: the relationship between prophecy and law in the Hebrew Bible and the utility of the Documentary Hypothesis for understanding Israelite religion. These topics have in many ways dominated pentateuchal studies and the investigation of Israelite religion since the nineteenth century, culminating in Julius Wellhausens influential Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel. Setting his inquiry against this backdrop while drawing on and extending recent developments in pentateuchal theory, Stackert tackles the subject through an investigation of the different presentations of Mosaic prophecy in the four Torah sources. His book shows that these texts contain a rich and longstanding debate over prophecy, its relation to law, and its place in Israelite religion. With this argument, A Prophet Like Moses demonstrates a new role for the Documentary Hypothesis in discussions of Israelite religion. It also provides an opportunity for critical reflection on the history of the field of biblical studies. Stackert concludes with an argument for the importance of situating biblical studies and the study of ancient Israelite religion within the larger field of religious studies rather than treating them solely or even primarily as theological disciplines.


1. Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion After Wellhausen
2. The Literary Portrayal of Mosaic Prophecy in the Torah Sources
3. The Elohistic Source: The End of Israelite Prophecy
4. The Deuteronomic Source: Prophecy's Anemic Future
5. The Priestly and Yahwistic Sources: Separating Prophecy and Law
6. Pentateuchal Theory, Israelite Religion, and Biblical Studies: New Perspectives and Aims

About the author: 

Jeffrey Stackert is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He was the recipient of the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise for his first book, Rewriting the Torah: Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Legislation.

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