By Dana de Priest, Mark Brett

This paintings displays the variations of tradition either inside of biblical texts and one of the interpretative groups for whom the Bible is a spotlight of proposal and motion. half One, Ethnicity within the Bible, explores chosen texts from the Hebrew Bible and from the hot testomony, utilizing methodological views drawn from a number of disciplines. half , tradition and Interpretation, seems to be at examples of ways ethnicity figures either within the use of the Bible via indigenous peoples and in specialist biblical interpretation.

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It is equally possible that the determinative was used loosely, mistakenly, or deliberately in a complementary way to the three preceding city-states to express the pharaoh's conquest of both the territory and its people. 21 T h e geographical location of this Israel cannot be determined from the information on the stele. Three proposals have been made: the Galilee, Transjordan, and the central Cisjordanian hill country. T h e first two presume that the order in which the three city-states and Israel appear accurately reflects the course of the campaign.

Cf. D. Davies, The Territorial Dimension of Judaism (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992), pp. 133-38. D. Smith-Christopher has also defended the ethnocentric tendencies of groups suffering oppression in Smith, Religion of the Landless (New York: Meyer-Stone Books, 1989). 52 Similarly, following the logic of Sanders, I would suggest that if Christianity had a minority status before Constantine, it also would be given a moral carte blanche against biblical intent. It is ethically important to take asymmetries of power into account.

Peckham, The Compontwn of the Deuteronomistic History (HSM, 35; Adanta: Scholars, 1985). Smend, Dietrich and Veijola recognize at least two layers of writing/editing but all date the initial composition to the exilic period. 8 T h e failure of the people to listen to the judge and their breaking of the covenant by worshipping other gods indicates that the judge's role in peacetime, after the overthrow of foreign oppression, was to tell the people the terms of the Sinai covenant. " T h e king is to hold the people to the terms of the covenant.

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