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"Law and Gospel" in the Pentateuch organisation

James Alfred Loader
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 1/2 | a1844 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i1/2.1844 | © 2001 James Alfred Loader | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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James Alfred Loader, Universitat Wien Professor Extraordinarius, UNISA, South Africa

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Both the structure of the overarching literary blocks in the Pentateuch (primarily containing either narrative or legal material) and the unfolding of its story line attest to the fact that the legal sections in the Pentateuch are subsumed under the narrative material in light of the flexibility of the concept of "theme", the article argues that the theme of the Pentateuch can he expressed by the idea of תורה. The narrative sequence of the Pentateuch is reviewed from this angle to show that the general theme is manifested in specific parts of the text. The interrelationship between the motifs of divine providence ("Gospel'') and obedience demanded from humans ("Law'') demonstrate both the meaning תורה and the presence of this theme throughout the Pentateuch.


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