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Title: Deuteronomium 1-4 als Sprechakt
Author(s): BRAULIK, Georg
Volume: 83 Issue: 2 Date: 2002
In the end-text available to us, the book of Deuteronomy can, to a certain extent, be described as the documentation of a single large assembly of Israel on the eve of the death of Moses. Deuteronomy 1-4 would be its opening address. As is shown by the copula ועתה in 4,1, the speech act of the entire first address of Moses is to be determined from 4,1-40. Through imperative exhortations, and especially through the two indicative qatal-predications of v. 5 and v. 26, this text is made to refer to the present of the Mosaic speech situation. V. 5 constitutes the legal situation of a ‘promulgation of law’. For the case of its non-observance, v. 26 safeguards this ‘legal instruction’ by the placing of a curse. This speech act ultimately determines the function of the first address of Moses as a whole within the total set of events being narratively designed in Deuteronomy.