The Pentateuch as Torah

New Models for Understanding Its Promulgation and Acceptance

Edited by Gary N. Knoppers, Bernard M. Levinson

Hardback - £51.95

Publication date:

30 June 2007

Length of book:

368 pages

Publisher

Eisenbrauns

ISBN-13: 9781575061405

Since antiquity, the five books of Moses have served as a sacred constitution, foundational for both Jews and Samaritans. However long the process of accepting the Pentateuch as authoritative tōrâ (“instruction”) took, this was by all accounts a monumental achievement in the history of these peoples and indeed an important moment in the history of the ancient world. In the long development of Western societies, the Pentateuch has served as a major influence on the development of law, political philosophy, and social thought. The question is: how, where, and why did this process of acceptance occur, when did it occur, and how long did it take?