The Torah unabridged: evolution of intermarriage law in the Hebrew Bible

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This monograph is a detailed examination of legal reasoning in the Hebrew Bible. Focusing on the exegetical operations by which biblical laws related to intermarriage were applied to circumstances and persons that lie outside the sphere of their explicit content, this book reconstructs the ways in which laws regarding intermarriage evolved, were interpreted, and were applied across time and place. I argue that the “exegetical impulse” to expand upon the gaps left by laws relating to marriage in the Torah is expressed in several distinctive ways in later texts in the Hebrew Bible. I examine the techniques biblical writers used in their appropriation, expansion, and manipulation of legal ideas within earlier biblical texts in order to apply the laws to more situations, circumstances, and people. The analysis reveals that from Exodus to Ezra-Nehemiah, legal reasoning on intermarriage moved in a singular direction: toward an ever-greater restriction of marriage between Israelites/Jews and gentiles. In the final chapter, I sums up the ways that this was accomplished, summarising the logical and exegetical operations executed in the process of expanding the relevance of these laws, and describing the hermeneutical assumptions that motivated the process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity Park, PA
PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages136
ISBN (Electronic)9781646022199
ISBN (Print)9781646022229, 9781646022144
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameCritical studies in the Hebrew Bible


  • Marriage
  • Law
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Torah
  • 1 Kings
  • Joshua
  • Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Inner-biblical exegesis
  • Redaction criticism
  • Legal logic
  • Legal reasoning
  • Exodus
  • Deuteronomy
  • Deuteronomistic history


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