Shibboleth: Folklore and Redaction-History
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Christoph Levin [+]
University of Munich
Christoph Levin, Prof. emeritus at the University of Munich; corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the Finnish Academy; 2010-2013 President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament. Author of: The Old Testament: A Brief Introduction (Princeton U.P., 2005); Re-Reading the Scriptures (Mohr Siebeck, 2013).
The famous Shibboleth-Episode combines features of historical record, popular tradition, redaction history of the Deuteronomistic History and theological motifs such as justice in case of mass murder and the divine war-motif. This contribution intends to unfold these different layers of the present text in order to demonstrate the development of a section of the book of Judges that is of special significance until today.