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date: 29 July 2021

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The tendency of biblical scholarship to focus on details and short passages has obscured ways in which the Historical Books are cast into interesting relationship with the Pentateuch when considered as part of one over-arching “primary history.” Following the work of David Noel Freedman and others, this article explores the hermeneutical impact of a “primary history” reading, which has similarities and differences with seeing the books as part of a Deuteronomistic history. Two case studies of intertextual readings in the primary history are offered to illustrate the implications of such a framing: one concerning kingship and the links between Deut. 17:14–20 and Solomon; the other exploring the vastly differing profiles of priesthood in the Pentateuch and the Historical Books. A concluding discussion of themes in the primary history, following David Clines, considers matters such as earth/land; “original sin”; and promise/obedience.

Keywords: primary history, Deuteronomistic history, kingship, priesthood, holiness, land, original sin, canonical approach

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