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Exile-Warnings and Concept of the Land

장석정 1

1관동대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper, the first of three consecutive papers, contains the effort to analyze the texts which include 'exile warnings' against Israel. The second paper would be the study on the texts depicting the exile events themselves. The third paper would concern the texts describing the post-exilic situations in relationship with the concept of the land. The texts have to be selective because there are so many kinds of texts saying that Israel would be in exile as her punishment. The study tries to identify the concept of the land in Leviticus 18: 26 and Deuteronomy 4: 28 and to compare one another in order to find any shift of emphasis in terms of the concept of the land. Leviticus 18 introduces the concept that the land would vomit its inhabitants because they defiled themselves and the land by committing the sins of the prohibited sexual behaviors. The purity of the land is preferred to Israel in this concept of the land. In Leviticus 26, the purity of the land is associated with exile warnings and it extends to the land of the foreigners where Israel would live. Also the sabbath of the land is focused in relationship with the exile event. While Israel was in exile, the land will enjoy its sabbatical rest. In Deuteronomy 4, making images would result in the exile punishment. Also the texts warn that Israel in the foreign land would not live long and serve foreign gods. Especially, Deuteronomy 28 contains the texts warning the exile event to other nations as well as to Egypt. The warning of exile to Egypt is crucial because it would nullify the exodus event and the promise of the land given to Abraham. Therefore, the concept of the land in exile warnings changes from a text to another in terms of its different emphasis on the land.

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