The scout narrative (Numbers 13) as a territorial claim in the Persian period

Show simple item record Jeon, Jaeyoung 2021-09-29T10:27:17Z 2020
dc.description.abstract This essay endeavors to provide the possible sociohistorical contexts of the nonpriestly layers of the scout narrative in Num 13-14. I suggest that the scout motif in these chapters is a literary invention that belongs to a later compositional stage during the Persian period. The scouts' mission took them as far as the Valley of Eshcol, which marks the southern border of Yehud, probably created by the demographic division in the fifth century BCE. The scout narrative can be read as an explanation of the situation at that time, that is, to explain why Judah had lost the land south of the valley. The passages relating to Caleb and Hebron were added even later to the scout story probably as a territorial claim for the Hebron area in the time when the Persian Empire was making the border adjustment in the late fifth or early fourth century BCE. en_ZA
dc.description.department Old Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2022-01-18
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Jeon, J. (2020). The Scout Narrative (Numbers 13) as a Territorial Claim in the Persian Period. Journal of Biblical Literature 139(2), 255-274. doi:10.1353/jbl.2020.0021. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0021-9231 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1934-3876 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1353/jbl.2020.0021
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Society of Biblical Literature en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Society of Biblical Literature en_ZA
dc.subject Non-priestly layers en_ZA
dc.subject Scout narrative en_ZA
dc.subject Numbers 13 en_ZA
dc.subject Persian period en_ZA
dc.title The scout narrative (Numbers 13) as a territorial claim in the Persian period en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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