The study interprets the postexilic book of Deuteronomy as a prophetic testament, which
characterises Moses as the only arch-prophet (Dt 34). This was a position not of prophetic
groups of the Second Temple Period, but of priestly scribes who were responsible for the
postexilic redaction of the Pentateuch. They were in a discourse with postexilic groups and
schools of prophetic scribes who denied the priestly theory of legitimate prophecy, especially
in the book of Jeremiah, but also in Isaiah. The study highlights the discussion and draws
some conclusions about postexilic circles of authors in Torah and prophecy.
Prof. Dr Eckart Otto is an
extraordinary Professor at
the University of Pretoria.