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- VAN HOUTEN
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- Alien in Israelite Law: A Study of the Changing Legal Status of Strangers in Ancient Israel
- Sheffield Academic Press
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Summary: This study subscribes to the Wellhausen Documentary Hypothesis and attempts a systematic and critical reconstructions of the history of the social class of aliens in ancient society, to gain insights from the sociological approach to biblical literature. Assuming a post exilic rearrangement of the Pentateuchal material, the author concludes that as Israel developed from tribal society to state, from state to confessional community and from confessional community to province, the identity and legal status of the alien developed in a concomitant way. Laws which initially afforded the alien only partial social and cultic inclusion in the pre-exilic period eventually required complete equality between the alien and Israelite in the postexilic period. Of course this works only if one subscribes to Documentary Hypothesis which was disproved by Umberto Cassuto. Originally published as the author's PH.D. thesis (Notre Dame, 1989) entitled: The legal status of the alien : a study of the Pentateuchal laws pertaining to the alien.
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