The Neo-Assyrian origins of the canon formula in Deuteronomy 13:1

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This chapter investigates the so-called 'canon formula' found in Deut 13:1. The prohibitions against disloyalty in Esarhaddon's Succession Treaty (VTE § 10) have previously been recognized as an influence upon the Deuteronomic apostasy series (Deut 13:2-12). A similar origin for the canon formula of Deut 13:1 is proposed as part of the larger project of creative literary reworking. The implication of this model is that the canon formula, in form-critical terms, represents part of the adjuration to loyalty found in the literary model of the adê.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScriptural Exegesis
Subtitle of host publicationThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191709678
ISBN (Print)9780199206575
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Biblical text
  • Michael Fishbane
  • Neo-Assyrian texts
  • Succession treaty


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